15.02.2020 - Loginov leaves the top favourites behind

15.02.2020 - Loginov leaves the top favourites behind

On the third day of the Biathlon World Championships in Anterselva no Norwegian secured a podium place for the first time.

15.02.2020 - Loginov leaves the top favourites behind
Alexander Loginov from Russia won the sprint ahead of two French athletes and secured the Gold.
Even before the first men’s competition in Anterselva Logninov was a known sprint expert. But that he would end up with the top podium place had not been expected. His triumphant race in the cross-country ski track around the Anterselva biathlon centre was completed by a faultless performance in the shooting range. He 28-year old from Saratvo completed the 10 kilometres in 22.48.1 minutes and was a full 6.5 seconds faster than his nearest competitor. For Loginov, this was his second individual World Championships medal of his career, the second in the sprint. Last year, he secured a second place on the podium in Östersund.

With his shining performance, Loginov took the World Championship title ahead of the French biathletes and also pushed the Norwegians off the podium. Second place went to Quentin Fillon Maillet, who was in top form in the track, and his teammate Martin Fourcade, who was left with third place following a penalty circuit. The Norwegian medal hopefuls Tarjei Bø and Johannes Thingnes Bø finished in fourth and fifth place. Like Fourcade, Tarjei Bø completed the race without errors, but was nevertheless unable to take the Bronze from the Frenchman. For the younger of the two Scandinavian brothers, Johannes Thingnes Bø, who had been dominating this World Cup, an error in the prone shooting signalled the end of his dreams.

Italians miss out on top places

The local biathletes played no important role this Saturday, finishing outside the top 20. Their best Italian athlete was Lukas Hofer. He completed both shooting sessions with a penalty circuit and reached the finish in 21st place. Thomas Bormolini finished 40th and Dominik Windisch 48th. The fourth Italian, Daniele Cappellari, finished 73rd and so missed the qualification for the pursuit race.

The men’s pursuit is scheduled to start on Sunday at 3:14 pm; the women’s pursuit, headed up by sprint winner Marte Olsbu Røiseland, begins at 1:00 pm.

Results World Championships Anterselva, Men’s; Sprint (Saturday, 15. February 2020)

1. Alexander Loginov (RUS) 22.48,1 (0)
2. Quentin Fillon Maillet (FRA) +6,5 (1)
3. Martin Fourcade (FRA) +19,5 (0)
4. Tarjei Boe (NOR) +22,5 (0)
5. Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR) +23,9 (1)
6. Emilien Jacquelin (FRA) +29,8 (1)
7. Arnd Pfeiffer (GER) +39,7 (0)
8. Philipp Horn (GER) +44,4 (2)
9. Felix Leitner (AUT) +52,1 (0)
10. Dmytro Pidruchny (UKR) + 56,4 (1)

21. Lukas Hofer (ITA) + 1.22,03 (2)
40. Thomas Bormolini (ITA) +1.59,3 (1)
48. Dominik Windisch (ITA) +2.10,9 (3)
73. Daniele Cappellari (ITA) +3.06,3 (1)

Comments on the race:

Alexander Loginov, Russia (1st place): “I was injured at the start of the season and could not always give my best. Toda, everything went like a dream. I have a strong team behind me who always support me. I dedicate this win also to them.”

Quentin Fillon Maillet France (2nd place): “I was really fast on my skis today. When I saw that the best athletes were behind me, I knew that at top place would be possible. I feel really good, let it continue like this.

Martin Fourcade, France (3rd place): “I am very happy with my third place. The track in Anterselva works for me, today I have done as best as I can. The World Championships have a long way to go yet, let’s see what else will be possible!
15.02.2020 - Loginov leaves the top favourites behind
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