26.1.2014 11:08:47

European Championships back in Nové Město after six years

ME v biatlonu 2008
ME v biatlonu 2008

The upcoming Open European Championships Biathlon 2014 will return to the Vysočina highland after a six-year break. Back in 2008 the Championships were held from 20. – 24. February,following the World Championships in Östersund, Sweden.

All the best Czech biathletes took part in the event back then. The organizers had to transport snow from winter stadiums in Havlíčkův Brod and Žďár nad Sázavou; such severe was the shortage of snow in 2008. 

 

The spectators could cheer for such stars as Lars Berger of Norway or the Polish medallist from the Olympic Games and World Championships Tomasz Sikora. 215 men and juniors lined at the start together with 165 women and junior women. Michal Šlesingr took silver over 20 km Individual event behind Szikora of Poland. Anton Shipulin of Norway claimed the title over 10 km race, Pursuit and Relay in the Junior category. Women’s Individual title was dominated by Natalia Levchenko of Moldavia. 

 

Šlesingr claimed another medal, a bronze, in Sprint, which saw Artio Gusev of Russia winning mere 6 seconds ahead of Norwegian Stian Eckhoff. Zuzana Tryznová took a surprising silver in Women’s Sprint, 3.4 seconds behind Oksana Jakovleva of Ukraine. 

 

The Czech Men’s Relay with Michal Šlesingr, Tomáš Holubec, Ondřej Moravec and Zdeněk Vítek took bronze. Junior women with Veronika Zvařičová, Veronika Hořejší and Veronika Vítková claimed silver.   

 

The last days of the Championships six years back were held under extremely warm weather of temperatures nearing 15°C. So much for a short overview of the 2008 Open European Championships in Nové Město na Moravě.

Jiří Pošvář

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