Biathlete Gandler takes twelfth place in World Cup competition with Simon’s victory

Julia Simon was the grand ruler of the first week of the Biathlon World Championships in Nove Mesto. The French woman won her third gold medal after the mixed relay and sprint races on Sunday. Anna Gandler missed the possible top ten place with two mistakes in the last shot. The Tirolean driver, the best Austrian, finished eleventh in the sprint and this time came twelfth. Tamara Steiner took a faultless 16th place, while former world champion Lisa Hauser rose to 22nd place.

In the third shot, Simon pulled away from teammate Justine Braisaz-Bouchet. The 27-year-old driver was able to have a big celebration on the last lap. Simon won the fifth World Cup gold medal of his career; She was 46.3 seconds ahead of Italy’s Lisa Vittozzi, who also missed just once. Exceptional runner Braisaz-Bouchet completed the medal set by taking gold after bronze in the mixed relay and silver in the sprint, despite four penalties.

Gandler said he didn’t feel very alive before the race. The 23-year-old player attributed the two mistakes in the last attack to his fatigue. Steiner, on the other hand, made no mistakes in the sprint and was the only one among 59 athletes to start hitting all 20 targets. Hauser jumped from 34th to 22nd after a mistake in the first stage. The 30-year-old looks to be in better shape after catching a cold before the start of the World Cup.

The three Austrians each hope to qualify for next Sunday’s World Cup mass start. Anna Juppe finished her good ÖSV result in 32nd place, which gives hope for the relay next Saturday. The men’s pursuit race will continue on Sunday evening (17:05/live ORF 1). The Austrians – David Komatz was the best ÖSV man in the sprint, 29th – started well behind.

(APA)

Source: Vienna

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