21.01.2023 - Who will claim the final two victories in Antholz?

21.01.2023 - Who will claim the final two victories in Antholz?

Sunday is the last day of competition at the Biathlon World Cup in Antholz where spectacular relay events will conclude this week’s World Cup action.

The women will start at 11:45 am, the men at 2:30 pm. More than 15,000 enthusiastic fans are expected to attend.

The women’s event will start shortly before noon. Because there are no real favourites, the field is very exciting. The winners and the podium spots will probably be decided between the athletes from Sweden, Norway, France and Germany. The first three countries have won at least once this season, while Denise Herrmann-Wick (DE) & co. came in 2nd place twice.

Host Italy also has an outside chance. The “Azzurre," led by sprint winner Dorothea Wierer and Lisa Vittozzi, have steadily improved over the course of the winter and have already achieved two podium finishes (two bronze medals). Although things did not go according to plan in Kontiolahti, the "Azzurre" still managed a good result with 9th place. This puts them in 5th place in the overall World Cup standings. Should the home quartet also manage to climb onto the podium here in Antholz, this would be considered another success.

Norway's men's relay team practically unbeatable

The men’s event will kick off at 2:30 pm and Norway is the clear top favourite. The Scandinavian men's quartet is still unbeaten this year and has won in Kontiolahti, Hochfilzen and Ruhpolding. The Norwegians boast this season's three most successful biathletes in Johannes Thingnes Bø, Sturla Holm Laegreid and Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen.

Germany, France and also Sweden (thanks to Martin Ponsiluoma, the sprint runner-up from Thursday) will do their best to compete for podium places. Host Italy also managed to reach the podium this winter, but only in the mixed relay (3rd place). The "Azzurri" led by Tommaso Giacomel should nevertheless be able to achieve good results at the Südtirol Arena.
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