Dorothea Wierer from Rausun became the new pursuit World Champion, just a few kilometres from her home village.
The 29-year old delivered an outstanding performance, only made one shooting error and left one competitor after the other behind in the cross-country track. And so it did not take long until the 7th placed in the sprint worked her way up to the front of the field. She arrived at the final standing position together with sprint World Champion Marte Olsbu Røiseland. For the first time, Wierer missed a shot. A few meters next to her, Røiseland missed two shots. When eventually third placed Denise Herrmann had to run a penalty circuit, Wierer’s path to Gold was clear. She ran the last loop without any restraint and eventually crossed the finish line with her arms raised high.
Wierer was overjoyed with the second World Championship title of her career, having already occupied the top podium place at the mass start last year in Östersund. Overall, this is the South Tyrolean’s sevenths World Championship medal and the third in an individual race. At the title fights in Anterselva Wierer already won a Silver in the mixed relay.
Hermann wins the first German medal
Not only the win of the local athlete provided the over 20,000 spectators in the atmospheric Südtirol Arena with a fantastic afternoon of biathlon. The fight for second place was also full of tension: The incredibly strong Herrmann came out of the penalty circuit as if on wings and managed to sprint past Røiseland. The many German fans in the stadium were able to celebrate their first black-red-gold medal in Anterselva. The Norwegian was nevertheless content with her day: Following the Gold in the mixed relay and the sprint, she still finished with a podium place in her third World Championship race.
For a further medal hopeful, Lisa Vittozzi, the pursuit did not go according to plan. After three shooting errors and an average runtime she slipped from sixth to 27th place. The third Italian, Federica Sanfilippo from Ridanna, finished 33rd.
Results World Championships Anterselva, Women’s Pursuit (Sunday, 16. February 2020)
1. Dorothea Wierer (ITA) 29.22,0 (1)
2. Denise Herrmann (GER) +9,5 (3)
3. Marte Olsbu Røiseland (NOR) +13,8 (3)
4. Hanna Oeberg (SWE) +22,3 (2)
5. Vanessa Hinz (GER) + 26,8 (1)
6. Ivona Fialkova (SVK) +35,7 (2)
7. Franziska Preuss (GER) +40,6 (2)
8. Lisa Theresa Hauser (AUT) +51, (1)
9. Baiba Bendika (LAT) +1.03,2 (2)
10. Aita Gasparin (SVI) +1.07,4 (1)
27. Lisa Vittozzi (ITA) +1.57,4 (3)
33. Federica Sanfilippo (ITA) +2.31,8 (2)
Comments on the race:
Dorothea Wierer, Rasuns/Italy (1st place): “It’s an incredible feeling to become world champion before my own home crowd. I knew that I had to shoot well to succeed here. And I did it. The pressure here in Anterselva is massive but now I’m relieved. It was really emotional, today is such a special day.”
Denise Herrmann, German (2nd place): “I’ve been fast on my skis these last few days and today I focused more on the shooting. My start position was good, and I knew that I could achieve something here. I’m very happy with my race.”
Marte Olsbu Roeiseland, Norway (3rd. place): “It was an incredibly exciting race. After the shooting I wanted to maintain the speed and I succeeded. I’m overjoyed with my third place.”