Christiansen Wins Junior Men’s Sprint
|27.01.2012, Osrblie / IBU Info TO|
|2012 IBU OECH in Osrblie|
|Vetle Sjastad Christiansen from Norway won the junior men’s 10K sprint at the IBU Open European Championships Biathlon today. He had a single penalty while finishing in 23:55.7. Next to him on the podium were two Russians, Alexandr Loginov, who was perfect on the shooting range but 1 second slower, and Maxim Tsvetkov with one penalty, 34.4 seconds back.|
These championships opened with an exciting first competition during which Johannes Boe, the young brother of Tarjei Boe, was heavily favored and took control from the start. However, with three penalties in the standing stage he fell back, giving his rivals the opportunity to take the win.
Thought I Would Lose the Gold
Boe’s teammate who took the Gold said, “Normally, Johannes is better than me but he missed a few too many today. Maybe it helped me that nobody was looking at me.” He planned to be aggressive, “I started hard today because I had decided to be offensive. After the standing, when I missed one, I was told that I led by 20 seconds and I thought I would win this. But then, somehow, my lead became smaller, I was told it was only 7 seconds and then 2 and I thought I would lose this Gold medal but in the finish I won by 1 second.”
Loginov, in second place, had the opposite approach today. “I tried to start slowly and leave some strength for the last loop after the shooting. On the last lap I heard I was 30 seconds back and tried to go fast and did it but then missed the Gold by 1 second.” Loginov started 46th, while Christiansen had number 61 so he and his teammate Tsvetkov had to wait in for the speedy Norwegian to finish. “We were standing next to the coaches and waited and they told us the result when Christiansen finished.”
Tsvetkov was a bit disappointed with his result today because he missed the last shot in the standing stage, his only penalty of the day. He commented, “I will try to do better in the pursuit.” The top three will be first out of the starting gate on Sunday in the pursuit.
Fourth and fifth place today went to Austria, with Peter Brunner and Lorenz Waeger both shooting clean but Finishing 39.6 and 50.6 seconds back, respectively. Aleksandr Pechenkin of Russia finished sixth with three penalties, 53.4 seconds back. These six athletes will have a good chance to stay at the top in the pursuit as they are the only starters in the first minute.