The next stage of the Biathlon World Cup ended in the Italian town of Antholz – Anterselva. On Sunday, the program of the stage was crowned with a women’s relay race and a mass start for men. At the time of signing the issue, the women’s quartet from Russia consisting of Evgenia Pavlova, Tatyana Akimova, Svetlana Mironova and Ulyana Kaisheva in a brilliant style became the first, ahead of the German and French women.
The head coach of the Russian national biathlon team Valery Polkhovsky noted that he was satisfied with the team’s results:
– Everyone can see that the girls and our guys are now gaining shape, results and victories are gradually coming. Preparations this year were somewhat difficult due to the pandemic, but absolutely all teams found themselves in a similar situation. The stage in Italy showed that we are becoming competitive, which is great.
And on the eve of another reason for joy to fans of biathlon in our country presented the male part of the national team. Following the victory of Alexander Loginov in the individual race, the quartet consisting of Anton Babikov, Matvey Eliseev, Alexander Loginov and Eduard Latypov was able to get on the podium among the winners, losing to rivals from France and Norway.
In the course of the race, the Russians were in the lead, and at the third stage Loginov was confidently building up his advantage, but mistakes on the stand threw the Russians back. Here, once again, it is worth saying kind words to Eduard Latypov, who, in a stubborn distance struggle, snatched the bronze medal in the fight against the German Benedict Doll.
After the finish, a satisfied Latypov described his emotions from the last stage of the race:
– I hoped that I could compete for medals. On the last shooting, it almost did not work out and focused entirely on the fight against the German Doll. The German made two attempts to break away, but tactically I worked better. I am very glad of this medal, for us this is another small victory.
The next stage of the World Cup will be held in Nove Mesto from 4 to 7 March. Well, the athletes are beginning to prepare for the World Championship, which is scheduled from 10 to 20 February in Slovenian Pokljuka.
Meanwhile, the coaching staff of the Russian national team has decided on the composition of the national team, which will compete for the awards of the upcoming European Championship in the Polish town of Duszniki-Zdroj.
The women’s team included: Valeria Vasnetsova, Natalia Gerbulova, Anastasia Goreeva, Larisa Kuklina, Ekaterina Noskova, Polina Shevnina, Anastasia Shevchenko. Men will fight for awards: Evgeny Garanichev, Evgeny Idinov, Nikita Porshnev, Daniil Serokhvostov, Kirill Streltsov, Semyon Suchilov, Karim Khalili.
Recall that the continental championship will be held from January 27 to 31. The program of competitions for men and women includes individual and sprint races, grazing, as well as mixed relay races.
Source: Российская Газета by rg.ru.
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