Russia Dominates; Wins Gold
|04.02.2011, Nove Mesto / IBU Inf. Dept TO/JK|
|Italy Second, Austria Third|
|The Russian youth men’s relay team won the Gold in a dominating fashion at the IBU Youth and Junior World Championships Biathlon in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic today. The team representing Italy won Silver; the Bronze medal went to the Austrian team.|
Continued Hope for Gold
The Russian team had a bad start in the competition. While Alexandr Loginov opened a gap between himself and the rest of the field on the first lap, his shots then did not find the targets and he needed to visit the penalty loop. Maxim Tsvetkov saw this while preparing for his start as the anchor. He said, “I did not consider this a big problem because I could also see that he was very fast on the skis. So I continued to hope for Gold.”
He was right to do so as Loginov had already caught the lead group for the standing stage and handed over to Alexander Chernyshov in first position, 11 seconds ahead of Italy.
Third Gold Medal
At this point the run for Gold was over. The Russian athletes shot and skied fast and flawlessly for the remainder of the competition. Tsvetkov, who won his third Gold medal of these championships today, took over with a lead of 43 seconds and extended it to 1:23.2 at the finish.
Commitment to Hard Training
While this last gold medal means the most to him as he won it with his teammates, these medals bring a special commitment. “There were so many athletes who won medals at the Youth and Junior World Championships and then could not make it on the World Cup level. I don’t want to be one of these athletes and these medals mean a commitment to very hard work in the future for me.”
Behind Russia, the fight for the remaining two podium spots was more exciting. At the second exchange, the teams from Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Ukraine and Canada were all still in striking distance of the medals.
Maikol Demetz, the anchor for Italy, quickly got a gap between him and the other athletes and secured Silver for his team. At the last shooting bout Fabian Hoerl for Austria, Jakub Krejcir of the Czech Republic and Vasyl Potapenko of the Ukraine stood side-by-side. The Czech shot fast and flawless and was out of the stadium 10 seconds ahead of Hoerl. The Austrian explained, “I knew what rank we were in and I knew I could catch the Czech. Then I passed him on the uphill and quickly created a gap. With every passing meter my happiness grew.”
Behind Austria, the Czech team finished fourth, ahead of Belarus and Ukraine.