18.02.2020 - Dorothea Wierer’s Anterselva fairy tale continues

18.02.2020 - Dorothea Wierer’s Anterselva fairy tale continues

Dorothea Wierer scored a second win and advanced to being one of big stars of the Biathlon World Championships in Anterselva

After her Gold in the pursuit, she is now also World Champion in the individual event. It’s her third World Championships medal before her local crowd of spectators.

Silver in the mixed relay, Gold in the pursuit and now also Gold in the individual event - Dorothea Wierer has clearly left her mark on the World Championships in Anterselva, in the most impressive way! The 29-year old from Rasun started her challenging 15 kilometres long hunt for a medal today relatively sluggishly and even scored a miss during the first prone and standing shooting sessions. The two minutes penalty did not impress the top fit local athlete one little bit: After the second shooting she glanced sideways to the video screen, quickly checked the timings and charged her turbo. From that moment on, she could not be stopped in the track and also remained faultless in the shooting range.

Wierer was clearly faster than sprint World Champion Marte Olsbu Røiseland and the reigning individual World Champion Hanna Öberg, who had each also scored two minutes penalty. Then there was Vanessa Hinz, who came out in top form, only scored one missed shot and who raced into the finish with what was then the best time. This time was what Wierer had to compete with in her final loop. What followed was a tense finish that kept the over 20,000 spectators in and around the biathlon centre in Anterselva spellbound. In the end, the South Tyrolean was 2,2 faster than her German competitor. For the second time during these title fights in her home location and for the second time within 48 hours, Wierer stretched her arms high in the finish, Celebrating her ninth World Championship medal.

First World Championship medal for Hinz

Hinz was beaten by Wierer but still finished with a big smile. It was her first podium place at a World Championships ever. Røiseland, on the other hand, achieved her fourth podium place in Anterselva alone. After her first place in the mixed relay and in the sprint, as well as her third place in the pursuit, she also finished in the top three in the individual event. Røiseland will be present at the awards ceremony on the medal plaza tonight, as will be Wierer and Hinz. Öberg on the other hand, only managed to finish in fourth place.

Lisa Vittozzi, who had been among the medal hopefuls, must be assumed to be disappointed with her result. The Italian missed a total of eight shots and finished in 71st place. Two further athletes from the host nation did a little better: Federica Sanfilippo (Ridnaun) took 41st place and Michela Carrara finished 49th.

The World Championships in Anterselva will continue on Wednesday with the men’s individual event over 20 kilometres. The race will start at 2:15 pm.

Results of the 15 km individual event, World Championships Anterselva (Tuesday, 18 February 2020)

1. Dorothea Wierer (ITA) 43.07,7 (2)
2. Vanessa Hinz (GER) +2,2 (1)
3. Marte Olsbu Roeiseland (NOR) +15,8 (2)
4. Hanna Oeberg (SWE) +38,7 (2)
5. Franziska Preuss (GER) +1.03,4 (2)
6. Monika Hojnisz-Starega (POL) +1.10,1 (2)
7. Christina Rieder (AUT) +1.20,6 (1)
8. Marketa Davidova (CZE) +1.30,7 (3)
9. Galina Vishnevskaya (KAZ) +1.31.4 (0)
10. Eva Kristejn Puskarcikova (CZE) +1.32,6 (1)

41. Federica Sanfilippo (ITA) +4.41,1 (4)
49. Michela Carrara (ITA) +5.20,8 (5)
71. Lisa Vittozzi (ITA) +7.32,5 (8)

Comments on the race:

Dorothea Wierer, Rasun/Italy (1st place): “The race didn’t start well for me. But I felt really good anyway. I gave what I could right up to the end. At the end it was enough for Gold. I am really enjoying these World Championships! After the medal on Sunday I’m no longer under this tremendous pressure. I can now enjoy every single race, that’s a great feeling.”

Vanessa Hinz, Germany (2nd place): “It wasn’t an easy start, but I knew that I had the potential to get a medal here. We were well prepared for these World Championships. Anterselva is also one of my favourite tracks, I am overjoyed.”

Marte Olsbu Roeiseland, Norway (3rd. place): “I am very happy with my performance. Four medals in four races, it’s crazy. I knew that I had the potential to get to the podium today.”

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