Hauser and Gandler in top 7 in Biathlon World Cup mass start

Austrian biathletes took top places in the last mass start of the World Championships in Nove Mesto, but once again failed to medal. Former world champion Lisa Hauser missed a shot and took sixth place, just ahead of Anna Gandler. The latter achieved their best World Cup result to date despite two penalties. The championship was awarded to French Justine Braisaz-Bouchet, who performed flawlessly on the shooting range.

Braisaz-Bouchet won by 31.2 seconds ahead of Italian Lisa Vittozzi, who made no mistakes. Another French woman, Lou Jeanmonnot (1 penalty), won the bronze medal almost a minute earlier. Hauser, the former world champion who entered the title fight weakened after an illness, was relieved to be just over a minute and a half behind. “It feels very good to be in the front row again. It hasn’t been that easy lately. It was a tough race, everyone is already incredibly tired, but sixth place is really good,” said the Tyrolean pilot and mentioned one. great satisfaction.

Gandler reached his top ten places at the World Championships after finishing 11th and 12th in the sprint and pursuit. “I couldn’t have imagined this. It was a mega race, it was fun to be ahead. Shooting while lying down bothers me a bit, but I can’t complain about being in the top 10,” he said. Gandhi.

While Braisaz-Bouchet has already won her fifth medal in the championship fights, this time her teammate Julia Simon took fourth place empty-handed. She also has a total of five precious metals, four gold and one bronze, and is the most successful participant of the World Cup.

The final competition, the men’s mass start with David Komatz and Simon Eder out, will be held at 16.30. The ÖSV team, which was also weak in the last World Cup season, is threatened with a World Cup without a medal for the first time since 2015.


Source: Vienna


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