Entirely in keeping with the motto ‘Ladies first’, the biathlon festival kicks off on 24 January 2019 with the women’s sprint race. Will it be an outsider or rather a favourite athlete who masters the 7.5 km distance?
Get ready for the 7.5-km women’s sprint race, in which the nations come together for the first time. A look at last year’s World Cup reveals that it is difficult to predict who will finally be competing right at the front. Although Norwegian Tiril Eckhoff won the 2016 world championship in Oslo in the sprint discipline, she wasn’t really considered the favourite.
She quickly showed what she was made of. Eckhoff took on the Antholz sprint faultlessly and left her rivals Laura Dahlmeier (DEU) and Veronika Vitkova (CZE) behind her in 2nd and 3rd places. Despite a miss in the second shooting round, Italian elite athlete Dorothea Wierer achieved a very good 7th place. So who is likely to win the race in the 2019 World Cup?