Evgeniya Pavlova, Tatiana Akimova, Svetlana Mironova and Uliana Kaisheva won in front of Germany and France, while Italy missed the podium once again finishing in fourth place 40.5 seconds behind Russia.
On the last competition day, the tv viewers saw a high-class competition that Russia’s women’s team won eleven second in front of Germany. After a rather cautions start by Evgeniya Pavlova, Tatiana Akimova and Svetlana Mironova showed a strong performance and went up to second place behind Germany. Then 26-year-old final leg runner for Russia, Uliana Kaisheva, made the difference and led her team to the first relay victory this season.
Only Germany has been able to keep up with Russia until the final shooting bout. Pushed by Franziska Preuss and Denise Herrmann, the German quartet finished in second place. Preuss and Kaisheva simultaneously arrived at the range but the Russian was able to take on the final lap with 8.6 seconds lead, despite two reloads. The third place went to the French team around Julia Simon who has also won yesterday’s women’s mass start. France was trailing Russia 21.2 seconds in the end.
Dorothea Wierer giving away third place
The athletes of the host nation, Italy, als showed a strong performance. Lisa Vittozzi handed over in first place. Then Federica Sanfilippo from Ridnaun and Michela Carrara fell back to the fifth position but they still showed a good performance, particularly at the range. Once again, final leg runner, Dorothea Wierer, was excellent on the course but she slightly disappointed at the range. With two reloads at each bout of shooting she gave away a possible spot on the podium. Trailing the winner by 40.5 seconds, Italy finished in fourth place.
The Antholz biathlon world cup 2021 will conclude with the mass stat men at 15.05h. All South Tyrolean eyes will be on Lukas Hofer from Montal.
Biathlon World Cup Antholz
Women Relay 4x6 km
1. Russia (Evgeniya Pavlova, Tatiana Akimova, Svetlana Mironova, Uliana Kaisheva) 1:07.32,4 (0+9)
2. Germany (Vanessa Hinz, Janina Hettich, Denise Herrmann, Franziska Preuß) +11,0 (0+6)
3. France (Anais Bescond, Anais Chevalier-Bouchet, Justine Braisaz-Bouchet, Julia Simon) +21,2 (1+9)
4. Italy (Lisa Vittozzi, Federica Sanfilippo, Michela Carrara, Dorothea Wierer) +40,5 (0+8)
5. Belarus (Iryna Kryuko, Dzinara Alimbekava, Elena Kruchinkina, Hana Sola) +46,5 (0+14)
6. Norway (Karoline Offigstad Knotten, Indrig Landmark Tandrevold, Tiril Eckhoff, Marte Olsbu Røiseland) +59,6 (1+12)
7. Sweden (Johanna Skottheim, Elvira Öberg, Linn Persson, Hanna Öberg) +1:09,7 (3+5)
8. Ukraine (Vita Semerenko, Yuliia Dzhima, Valentina Semerenko, Olena Pidhrushna) +1:09,9 (0+10)
8. Switzerland (Irene Cadurisch, Selina Gasparin, Elisa Gasparin, Lena Häcki) +1:09,9 (1+11)
10. Czech Republic (Eva Puskarcikova, Jessica Jislova, Marketa Davidova, Lucie Charvatova) +1:10,2 (0+10)