Korovina and Smith Repeat
|12.02.2012, Canmore / IBU Info TO|
|IBU Cup 6|
|Canadian Nathan Smith shot clean to claim another victory in the second men’s 10k sprint at the IBU Cup 6 in Canmore. His time of 25:33.4 was 41.4 seconds ahead of Austria’s Friedrich Pinter. Third place went to Benedikt Doll of Germany with 3 penalties, 42.9 seconds back.|
Russia’s Marina Korovina won the second women’s 7.5k sprint in 21:40.3, with one penalty. Second place went to Germany’s Maren Hammerschmidt, who shot clean but was 15.1 seconds back. Yolaine Oddou of Canada, also with one penalty was third, 16.4 seconds back. She is the first –ever Canadian woman to be on the podium in an IBU Cup competition.
Behind them, fourth place was shared by Megan Heinicke of Canada and the USA’s Lanny Barnes, both with one penalty, 35.1 seconds back. Sixth place went to Aleksandra Alikina of Russia with two penalties, 41.4 seconds back.
Korovina hardly smiled at the finish once again today, explaining, “It is really difficult to win here and I am very tired. “ Still, she won despite her penalty.
Win Would be Nice
However, the German explained that things did not go as planned on the tracks today. “I had the goal to hit 100% of the targets today after things did not go so well yesterday. My skiing was tough today; I did not have good skis.” Hammerschmidt extended her lead in the IBU Cup Total Score despite never having won a single competition this season. “This is my first full season at the IBU Cup and I am pretty happy with it. Of course it would be nice to grab a victory now towards the end. But in order to win here, everything has to be perfect.”
Jumping with Joy
Third place went to Canadian Yolaine Oddou who earned the honor of being the first woman ever on an IBU Cup podium for her country. She had a bright smile on her face at the finish and jumped with joy when she said, “This feels so good, I am actually still shaking.” About her competition she added, “I felt better yesterday but today was good as well. The last loop was so long and it was very hard.”
Pressure after Victory
In the men’s 10K, Smith celebrated his second win in two days. He was especially happy about his perfect shooting today as the pressure was higher today than yesterday. “I had more pressure today because I wanted to repeat the win and did not want it to appear as something that is only possible once.” Smith will not compete in the individual on Wednesday but will toe the starting line again on Thursday for the sprint, before the IBU World Championships in Ruhpolding. He explained, “This gives me confidence for the World Championships. I know I can’t win with a race like today but it would be a good result.”
Second place went to Pinter after he was right next to the podium yesterday. He commented, “The important thing today was that the shooting and the skiing were better than yesterday. This makes me look towards the next competitions, the individual and sprint, with confidence.” But before these days, he is looking forward to a change in program tomorrow. “We will go to Calgary and look around a bit there. It’s ideal when you travel this far and a change for a day is welcome before we focus on the sport again for three more days.”
Third place went to Doll because of his strong performance on the tracks. “As always, skiing was really good, just like yesterday. The tracks here are good for me; it’s a lot of fun to ski here. But unfortunately, I made 1 or 2 mistakes too many during the standing, maybe because I am a bit too fast there. In general, I am happy with my third place, even if it is bittersweet.”
Fourth place went to Norwegian Martin Eng with one penalty, followed by Maksim Burtasov of Russia who stayed flawless at the range but broke a pole right after the standing stage. Sixth place went to Claudio Böckli of Switzerland with one penalty.
On Monday, the athletes will have a rest day between IBU Cups 6 and 7. Many teams plan to do light, unofficial training or take the day off completely in order to do day trips and some sightseeing. On Wednesday, there will be individual competitions before these IBU Cups close with sprints on Thursday.