Updates: 10.02.2021 17:04
Pokljuka (Slovenia) – Czech biathletes started the World Championships in Pokljuka in eleventh place in the mixed relay. The quartet Michal Krčmář, Ondřej Moravec, Markéta Davidová, Lucie Charvátová tried in vain to defend last year’s bronze and after the unsuccessful last shooting they lost their place in the top ten.
Norway won gold medals for the third time in a row. The four-legged Sturla Holm Laegreid, Johannes Thingnes Bö, Tiril Eckhoff and Marte Olsbu Röiseland defeated Austria’s second relay by 27 seconds in the 4×7.5 km race. Bronze was won by Sweden.
Röiseland won the tenth title in her career and came second to Russia’s Jelena Golovin in second place in the history charts. Only German Magdalena Neunerová (12) has more gold medals among women. Johannes Thingnes Bö added the eleventh title to the collection and surpassed his brother Tarjei by one.
For the first time in the history of world championships, men started the mixed relay and women then had to cover 7.5 km instead of the usual six kilometers. The Czech team did not have an introduction. Moravec took a minute deficit in the first section and passed in 18th place. Due to three recharges on the stand, the innkeeper improved the position by only two places, and Davidová took care of moving to the top ten.
She pulled the relay with a fast run and accurate shooting to the ninth place, which Charvátová also held in the first half of the final section. Standing shooting, however, did not work for the finisher. The biathlete, who replaced Eva Puskarčíková in last year’s bronze team, had to take two penalty circuits and lagged behind the winner by Norway by exactly three minutes.
Biathlon World Championships in Pokljuka – mixed relay (4×7.5 km):
1. Norway (Laegreid, JT Bö, Eckhoff, Röiseland) 1: 20: 19.3 (0 penalties + 11 recharges), 2. Austria (Komatz, Eder, Zdoucova, Hauser) -27.0 (0 + 2 ), 3. Sweden (Samuelsson, Ponsiluoma, Persson, H. Öberg) -30.6 (0 + 8), 4. Ukraine -31.1 (0 + 8), 5. France -46.2 (1 + 10 ), 6. Italy -58.9 (0 + 6), 7. Germany -1: 04.9 (0 + 11), 8. Canada -2: 06.0 (0 + 6), 9. Russia -2 : 11.4 (2 + 9), 10. Switzerland -2: 38.5 (1 + 9), 11. Czech Republic (Moravec, Krčmář, Davidová, Charvátová) -3:00,0 (2+9).
Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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