Leading Latvian biathlete Bendika went to the track for the fourth time, once making a mistake in shooting lying down and two – standing in the line of fire. The step on the track was quite fast, reaching the 17th fastest time on the track, which allowed to take the 26th place one minute and 38.3 seconds behind the winning Norwegian Tirila Ekhof and enter the driving competition, for which the 60 best athletes qualified.
Ekhof was one of only seven biathletes who never made a mistake in the shooting range, 12 seconds ahead of Frenchman Anais Chevalier-Bush, who was forced to measure one penalty lap, and 14.4 seconds ahead of Belarusian biathlete Hannu Sol, who was among the seven precision shooters. .
Denize Hermane from Germany finished fourth, Liza Vitoci from Italy finished fifth, and only Marte Ulsbu Reiselanna from Norway, who was the former World Cup leader after Saturday’s competition, was only sixth.
The bullet made three mistakes lying and standing in the shooting range, ranking 92nd four minutes and 49.6 seconds behind Ekhof.
Sabule made her last place among 99 athletes in the world championship debut. She made two mistakes in the shooting lying down, three in the shooting standing and lost to the winner seven minutes and 18.6 seconds.
Bendika, the leader of the Latvian women’s national team, missed the first two stages of the World Cup this season after falling ill with Covid-19. In two stages on the Austrian track in Hohfilzen, she finished 20th and 85th in the sprint with one and five penalty laps, respectively. In Oberhof, Bendika was in 21st place with two errors in the sprint shooting and in 48th place with three “poodles”.
At the end of January, the best biathlete in Latvia won a gold medal with one penalty lap at the European Championship on the Polish track in Dushnik.
Last season, Bendika participated in eight sprint races as part of the PK competition. The highest achievement with one missed bullet was 12th place in the world championship on the Italian track in Antholca, as well as 15th place in the last stage of the season in Kontiolahti.
In the 2019/2020 season, sprint discipline was not included in the World Cup stage in Pokļuka.
In the 2015/2016 PK stage on the Kenmore track in Canada, Bendika reached the highest place in the history of Latvian women’s biathlon in the PK competition – the fifth.
In the first sprint race in Hohfilzen, the party lacked only four places and 10.5 seconds to enter the driving competition with the perfect shot – the 64th place among 109 athletes. In the second stage in Hohfilzen she had four shooting errors and 103rd place. Similar results for Buliņa also in Oberhof – 99th and 91st place.
At last year’s World Championships in Antholca-Anterselv, Bulina made her 98th place debut in individual disciplines.
For Sabule, this was her debut at the World Championships for adults.
In the World Cup this season she participated in both sprint races in Kontiolahti, taking the 99th place with four errors in shooting and finishing in 69th place with perfect shooting.
Last season, the world champion in sprint was Norwegian Marte Ulsbü-Reiselanna, who overtook the American Susan Dankley and the Czech Lucy Harvatov.
The results of the World Championship are also included in the overall ranking of the World Cup.
After seven sprint races, the Norwegian Tiril Ekhof is leading the discipline with 328 points, her compatriot Marte Ulsbu-Reiselanna is 28 points less, while the Swedish representative Hanna Eberja has 291 points. Bendika with 56 points ranks 43rd.
Norway’s Tiril Ekhof is now in first place with 677 points after 16 races in the World Cup, while former leader Ekhof’s compatriot Marte Ulsbu Reiselanna is second with 663 points, while Sweden’s Hannah Eberja finishes the first three with 647 points. Bendika has accumulated 70 points, which gives 47th place.
Last season, the German Denīze Hermane remained unbeaten in the overall sprint standings, but the Italian Dorothea Vīrere won the Big Crystal Globe.
The championship will be followed by a chase competition for men and women on Sunday. On Tuesday and Wednesday there will be matches in the classic distance, on Thursday there will be a pair relay, on Saturday – relay relay, but on Sunday there will be endurance competitions with a common start.
After the planetary championship, there will be two stages of the World Cup in Nove Mesto, but the end of the season is scheduled for the second half of March in Oslo.
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