“There is not a second when I was afraid”, declared the French Emilien Jacquelin, crowned for the second time in a row world champion of the pursuit, Sunday at the World Biathlon in Pokljuka (Slovenia).
Q: What does this title represent for you?
R: “For me February 14 since 2004, it is the death of Marco Pantani and as luck would have it, Pantani was the panache. You had to dare. I am someone who walks with feelings and like any sentimental one, you can have a big depression or a big surge and today was a big surge. It’s crazy, I was fixating it and for 48 hours, I was afraid of thinking too much about it. The evening of the sprint , I was already focused on the finish of this race. I was in it at 400%, I came to defend my title, it’s a huge source of pride. “
Q: What is the difference with last year’s title?
A: “Last year, it was magnificent, on a site that I appreciate (Anterselva, editor’s note). I’m going to keep many more memories of it but this one, it is all the more beautiful as I am. Last year, it was a title due to the excitement, I was 24 and I found myself on the last shot against Martin Fourcade and Johannes Boe. It was the unconscious that had spoken. see each other again as a child and we let that part of childhood express itself and that’s how I was able to beat Johannes. I was in total euphoria. Today, that was not the case, on the skis, I had a lot of trouble, I was very stressed to adjust my rifle, I just warmed up for 20 minutes and therefore on the skis it was very complicated. On the other hand, the shots were engaged but natural, it was not ‘There was not a second when I was afraid. I never told myself that I was taking risks. It’s a great lesson. I have to remain myself rather than imitate Martin (Fourcade, note) by making a quieter shot. “
Q: What did you think about in the last lap?
A: “I didn’t tell myself it was done, I didn’t know if my ski speed was good since I was alone for a long time. I knew Johannes Boe could be formidable if he took in all his balls. I tried to manage my effort as well as possible. The start of the last lap, I was still focused on my breathing and the skis. “
Q: What does it mean to equal Martin Fourcade, the only Frenchman to have retained his world title in pursuit?
A: “This is close to my heart, I like the statistics. It is a huge pride and a huge heritage. If my generation is here, it is thanks to Raphaël (Poirée, editor’s note) and Martin (Fourcade, Ed). I want to thank them. They did what biathlon is today. “
Q: This success necessarily gives ideas for the rest of the competition …
A: “There is envy and it is all the more pleasant to see that it succeeds when I do things naturally, without taking the lead. We are so demanding of ourselves that we have to. does too much sometimes. You have to let the natural speak. ”
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