The quartet of German biathletes in the line-up of Vanessa Hinzová, Janina Hettichová, Denise Herrmannová, Franziska Preussová won the women’s relay race in the 6th round of the World Cup in Oberhof.
At home, the Germans triumphed with a lead of 17.4 seconds over Belarusians. The Swedes finished third (+35.7).
The Slovak relay consisting of Veronika Machyniaková, Júlia Machyniaková, Henrieta Horvátová, Aneta Smerčiaková after the second section withdrew from the track and classified it in the last 20th place. The French leaders overtook her by a round.
The Oberhof lacked Paulín and Ivona Fialková, who interrupted the season due to persistent health problems caused by overcoming Covid-19.
Veronika Machyniaková recharged twice in the opening section and handed her sister in 19th place with a loss of almost three minutes. Júlia Machyniaková had to reach for the spare rounds up to five times, the loss of the Slovaks increased to five minutes and it was clear that Horvátová and Smerčiaková would not even get on the track.
The Frenchwoman Justine Braisaz-Bouchetová broke down shooting in the third section, had to complete two penalty circuits and handed over to finisher Julia Simonová in seventh position with a one-minute deficit for leaders from Belarus.
The second ones were by 2.9 with the Germans, who, thanks to Preuss’s clean shooting, managed the last section best and celebrated the first relay triumph since 2010 in Oberhof.
Facts about Oberhof
Women’s relay race: 1. Germany (Vanessa Hinzová, Janina Hettichová, Denise Herrmannová, Franziska Preussová) 1: 14: 31,5 (0 + 5), 2. Belarus (Irina Krjukovová, Dschinara Alimbekavová, Hanna Solová, Jelena Kučinkinová) +17.4 ( 0 + 9), 3. Sweden (Mona Brorsson, Linn Persson, Elvira Öberg, Hanna Öberg) +35.7 (0 + 5), 4. Russia +42.5 (1 + 7), 5. France +1: 48.2 (2 + 10), 6. Czech Republic +2: 01.4 (1 + 9), 7. Norway +2: 45.5 (2 + 15), 8. Ukraine +2: 52.9 (2 +6), 9. Austria +3: 10.7 (2 + 13), 10. Switzerland +3: 17.1 (2 + 10)… 20. SLOVAKIA (Veronika Machyniaková, Júlia Machyniaková, Henrieta Horvátová, Aneta Smerčiaková) +1 round
Overall ranking of the World Championships (after 3 competitions): 1. Sweden 156 points, 2. Germany 151, 3. France 148, 4. Norway 130, 5. Russia 120, 6. Belarus 114,… 19. SLOVAKIA 65
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