Gold for Zagoruiko
|31.01.2012, Osrblie / IBU Info TO|
|IBU OECH Biathlon in Osrblie|
|Anastasia Zagoruiko of Russia won the women’s 15K individual competition at the IBU Open European Championships Biathlon. She finished in 42:44.1 with one penalty, 46.5 seconds ahead of Germany’s Juliane Döll, with two penalties. Third place went to Döll’s teammate Carolin Hennecke also two penalties, 1:07.4 back.|
Even though it was once again a bright and sunny day in Osrblie, just as in recent days, the already low temperatures dropped again overnight. While it was not too bad in the sunny stretches of the course or the stadium, it was minus 18 degrees on the coldest point of the course. This lead to amended start times, with the women started 1 hour later than originally scheduled while the men started 30 minutes later. The start interval was reduced to 20 seconds instead of the usual 30 seconds.
The Last Shooting Stage
The tough tracks plus the low temperatures required a lot of energy with some athletes paying for it during the last standing stage. Ekaterina Shumilova of Russia, Weronika Nowakowska-Ziemniak of Poland, Barbora Tomesova of Czech Republic and Ukraine’s Juliya Dhzyma all were in medal contention until their last shooting bouts; shooting clean to that point and ahead of the two Germans. Yet after that final standing stage, the top three remained unchanged.
The winner could hardly believe that she had just won Gold. “I did not expect such a good result today. My race was good except the miss during the last shooting. When I went on the tracks, my coaches told me that I was in first but that there were several others who had not missed yet. Then, when I was on the last lap, they told me that all the others had missed but that I still needed to run fast.”
Best Result of the Season
Juliane Döll in second place had also not expected such a result, especially because of her two penalties. She commented, “The coaches on the track never told me that I was second, only that I was fast and that I had to give everything I had. I hoped to be in the top 6 but was surprised when I was second.” Döll had a difficult start to this season and even considered a break from the sport. Today’s second place is her best result of the season so far.
Get Used to It
Bronze medalist Carolin Hennecke realized her plan. “I know that I am not so good on the skis at the moment and that I had to shoot well today. That worked out fine with only one miss and in general, the skiing today was not too bad either.” Although many athletes had physio tape on their faces for protection from the cold, Hennecke explained, “It took a bit to get used to in the beginning but as half of the tracks were in the sun, the cold was really not too bad today.”
Good German Team Result
Fourth place went to Ekaterina Shumilova from Russia with two penalties, 1:10.3 back. She was followed by two more Germans, Nadine Horchler with one penalty, 1:17.8 back and Maren Hammerschmidt also with one penalty, 1:40.5 back. The only athlete to shoot clean today was another German, Karolin Horchler, in ninth, 2:43.2 back. She completed the very good German team result.