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Dahlmeier and Wierer deliver a big performance in Anterselva

The first pursuit race at the World Cup in the Südtirol Arena on Saturday turned out to be an extraordinary biathlon party: Laura Dahlmeier raced to victory in front of 22,000 thrilled spectators, acclaimed local hero Dorothea Wierer came second.


Date: 20.01.2018

The reigning pursuit world champion Laura Dahlmeier confirmed her ever improving form with a brilliant performance in the Anterselva Biathlon Centre. The probably best ski pursuit athlete in the world started the race in second place and lost a few places after an error during the first shooting. Subsequently, she remained error-free and left one competitor after the other behind. Dahlmeier celebrated her 19th World Cup victory of her career and the second one in the current season.

The battle for the remaining podium places ended with an exciting duel between Darya Domracheva and Dorothea Wierer. The latter started in seventh place and steadily gained ground, despite one error in the first and third shootings. A few hundred metres before the finish she passed Domracheva and took over second place. When Belarusian stepped on Wierer’s pole in the final bend and lost it, the duel was decided. For reasons of fairness, Domracheva refrained from starting a counter attack, and so the Rasun athlete’s third individual podium place this winter was secured. It is the third time Wierer has been beaming from the podium in Anterselva.

Behind Domracheva, the Norwegian winner of yesterday’s sprint, Tiril Eckhoff, came in in fourth place, immediately ahead of “Oldie” Kaisa Mäkäräinen, who moved up from 26th to 5th place.  In the overall World Cup she continues to lead ahead of Anastasiya Kuzmina, who came in in 11th place today, and Wierrer.


All Italians in the top 30

The impressive Lisa Vittozzi from Belluno, who only made 40th place in the sprint, delivered an even more impressive comeback. Although she had to ski one penalty circuit, she still raced into the top ten with a ninth place. Good performances also from two athletes from South Tyrol, Federica Sanfilippo and Alexia Runggaldier, who collected numerous World Cup points finishing in 21st and 23rd place respectively. While Sanfilippo scored three errors yet impressed in the track, Runggalider shone with a flawless performance in the shooting range. The fourth Italian in the team, Nicole Gontier, came in in 25th place and therefore in the top 30.

Today’s programme of the Biathlon World Cup in Anterselva will continue at 3:00 pm with the men’s pursuit race. The mass start competitions will follow on Sunday.


Results Biathlon World Cup Anterselva (ITA):

Pursuit women, 10 km

  1. Laura Dahlmeier (GER) 29.45,0 minutes (1 error)
  2. Dorothea Wierer (ITA/Rasun) +17.3 (2)
  3. Darya Domracheva (BLR) +20.2 (2)
  4. Tiril Eckhoff (NOR) +1,09.9 (4)
  5. Kaisa Makarainen (FIN) +1,18.4 (2)
  6. Galina Vishnevskaya (KAZ) +1,20.1 (0)
  7. Veronika Vitkova (CZE) +1,27.5 (3)
  8. Anais Bescond (FRA) +1,30.8 (3)
  9. Lisa Vittozzi (ITA) +1,32.,9 (1)
  10. Franziska Preuss (GER) +1,35.,8 (2)
  11. Anastasiya Kuzmina (SVK) +1,54.1 (4)


  1. Federica Sanfilippo (ITA/ Ridanna) +2,21.0 (3)
  2. Alexia Runggaldier (ITA/St. Christina) +2,27.4 (0)
  3. Nicole Gontier (ITA) +2,49.,4 (5)
Attachment:· Final Results Women Pursuit »



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