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Sensational result for Alexia Runggaldier in Anterselva


Date: 19.01.2017

At the start of the World Cup event in the Südtirol Arena Alto Adige Laura Dahlmeier delivered a great show. The 23-year old German conquered gold in the individual event and is also first in the overall Wold Cup ranking. But it was the performance of a local athlete that stole the show.

Before the race no-one really had their eye on Alexia Runggaldier. The 25-year old athlete from Val Gardena, who had started with the high number 59, kept her nerve at the shooting range despite the difficult wind conditions and only scored one miss. Only two other athletes achieved this feat today. Runggaldier was sustained by the support of the spectators in the Südtirol Arena Alto Adige and also delivered a near-perfect performance on the track. Immediately after her arrival at the finish the display showed the number “3”. Her first ever place on the podium in the Biathlon World Cup was perfect. Last year she came tenth in the World Championships.

On the first day of the competition in Anterselva only Laura Dahlmeier and Anais Chevalier were faster than Runggaldier. The exceptional German athlete was not distracted by 2 misses in the shooting range and raced ahead of the competition with a finishing time of 44,48.7 minutes. With this victory Dahlmeier also regained the lead in the overall World Cup ranking, because her strongest competitors, Gabriela Koukalova and Kaisa Mäkäräinen came in at number 24 and 15 respectively. Laura Dahlmeier already came first in the opening event of the individual competitions in Östersund, where she left Anais Bescond behind. Now this success was repeated in Anterselva, where another French woman, Anais Chevalier, could not catch up with her. She arrived at the finish four seconds behind.

Wierer far behind

Chevarlier’s compatriot, Marie Dorin Habert, just missed out on a place on the podium and came in fourth, Maren Hammerschmidt was fifth. The other Italian women all finished the race outside the top 30: Dorothea Wierer came in 31st after 6 shooting errors, Federica Sanfilippo was 43rd and Lisa Vittozzi had to make do with 84th place.

On Friday the World Cup programme in Anterselva continues with the men’s individual event. The race will start at 2:15 pm.

Results Biathlon World Cup in Alterselva (ITA):

Individual event 15 km women
1. Laura Dahlmeier (GER) 44:48.7 minutes (2 missed shots)
2. Anais Chevalier (FRA) +3.8 (1)
3. Alexia Runggaldier (ITA) +46.0(1)
4. Maria Dorin Habert (FRA) +55.0 (2)
5. Maren Hammerschmidt (GER)  +1:16.2 (2)
6. Vanessa Hinz (GER) +1:19.1 (3)
7. Monika Hojnisz (POL) +1:37.8 (3)
8. Olga Podchufarova (RUS) +1:39.8 (2)
9. Franziska Hildebrand (GER) +1:45.1 (3)
10. Lisa Theresa Hauser (AUT) +1:48.4 (2)

31. Dorothea Wierer (ITA) +4:44.4 (6)
43. Federica Sanfilippo (ITA) +5:45.6 (6)
84. Lisa Vittozzi (ITA) +9:41.6 (9)

Comments on the race:

The first World Cup event in Anterselva ended with a victory by Laura Dahlmeier (Germany). But most of the attention was focused on third place, when local athlete Alexia Runggalider climbed on the podium for the first time in her career.

Laura Dahlmeier (GER), winner: “It was a really tough race for me today, and for the other women too, of course. To spend more time in the shooting range was the right decision. Every competition is a new competition. For the others I may be the favourite, but I always have to shoot well to make the podium.

Anais Chevalier (FRA), second place: “Am I disappointed with my second place? No, not at all. On the contrary: This place on the podium makes me really happy and I’m particularly pleased that I only had one miss in the shooting range. We French women are a really strong team. Today I’m in second place, but tomorrow everything can change again.”

Alexia Runggaldier (ITA), third place: It is an overwhelming feeling. When I arrived at the finish, tears came into my eyes. Largely because this place on the podium was a complete surprise. My aim had been to get a good result ready for the mass start. Last year it wasn’t so easy to combine my university studies with top level sport. I am therefore particularly delighted that I made it to the podium in my own country. This bodes well for the World Championships.

Dorothea Wierer (ITA), 31st place: I was very relaxed at the start of the race. Unfortunately, I was suffering from stomach pains, probably a small virus. But nevertheless, I felt good on the skis, better than in the last races. In the shooting range the wind was a brutal influence. At the last shooting stop I wanted to get to 25-30, but those places were all occupied and so I had to go to 18. Today it just didn’t work out, but that happens.

Federica Sanfilippo (ITA), 43rd place: The wind was very variable today, sometimes it came from the right, then from the left. It was doable, but really difficult in the standing shooting. The home World Cup is an additional motivation. On the other hand, you have to perform well in all competitions, whether you’re racing at home or somewhere else.



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