14.02.2020 - Norway’s Røiseland wins second Gold for the country
At the biathlon World Championships in Anterselva the first individual Gold was won on Friday afternoon
Marte Olsbu Røiseland, who had already stood on the top podium place with the Norwegian mixed relay team on the previous day, grabbed her second World Championship title within 24 hours in the sprint.
On the second World Championship day, Røiseland was in a class of her own. The 29-year old Scandinavian got off to a slow start, but then improved continuously. She only missed a single target in the second shooting session. In the final round, there was no holding Røiseland. She crossed the finish line almost seven seconds ahead of the entire field of competitors and celebrated the first individual World Championship title of her career and the second Norwegian Gold in Anterselva - much to the delight of the many Northern Europeans among the approximately 20,000 spectators in the Südtirol Arena
Dunklee and Charvatova surprised everyone
The most dangerous to Røiseland were two outsiders: American Susan Dunklee ran the race of her life only one day after her 34th birthday and challenged the Norwegian favourite for the Gold medal until shortly before the end. In the end, Dunklee had to be happy with her second World Championship Silver, after her second place in the mass start race of Hochfilzen (2017).
An absolute sensation was caused by Lucie Charvatova, who had never run in the top 15 in any World Championships in individual. Starting with number 80 she ran the race of her life in Anterselva. Despite one shooting error, the athlete from Czechia finished with a Bronze medal. It was the second Czech medal in these title fights, following a third place in yesterday’s mixed relay. In the end, Dunklee and Charvatova pushed the 2013 Sprint World Champion, Olena Pidhrushna from the Ukraine, and Denise Herrmann (Germany), who was extremely strong on the track, off the podium.
Two Italians among the top ten
With Lisa Vittozzi and Dorothea Wierer, two athletes from the host nation also raced their way into the top ten. They finished in sixth and seventh place after two shooting mistakes each. The remaining two Italians, Federica Sanfilippo (45th) und Michela Carrara (67th), did not make it into the top 30.
The biathlon World Championships in Valle di Anterselva continue on Saturday (2:45 pm) with the men’s sprint.
Results Sprint Women - World Championship Anterselva (Thursday, 14 February 2020)
1. Marte Olsbu Røiseland (NOR) 21.13,1 (1)
2. Susan Dunklee (USA) +6,8 (0)
3. Lucie Charvatova (CZE) +21,3 (1)
4. Olena Pidhrushna (UKR) +25,6 (1)
5. Denise Herrmann (GER) +30,5 (3)
6. Lisa Vittozzi (ITA) +37,6 (2)
7. Dorothea Wierer (ITA) +39,0 (2)
8. Franziska Preuss (GER) +40,8 (2)
9. Ivona Fialkova (SVK) +44,2 (1)
10. Aita Gasparin (SVI) +44,4 (0)
45. Federica Sanfilippo (ITA) +1.43,6 (3)
67. Michela Carrara (ITA) +2.30,7 (3)
Comments on the race:
Marte Olsbu Roeiseland, Norway (1st place): “I am overjoyed. I knew that I could win a medal today. Now I’m enjoying the moment; it’s my first individual medal in a World Championship, after I already won Gold with my team in the mixed relay yesterday. I feel particularly good here in Anterselva, it’s my favourite course.”
Susan Dunklee, USA (2nd place): “I was sure even before the start that I had a good chance of winning a medal today. At the end, it was enough, it’s crazy. What was decisive is that I didn’t make any shooting errors.”
Lucie Charvatova, Czech Republic (3rd place): “I would never have thought that I’d be standing on the podium today. I have felt good since the start of the season, but the results had been missing. To win a medal in the World Championships here in Anterselva is fantastic. I have so much confidence now for the next races. I’m excited about what else these World Championships will bring.