07.2.2015 09:08:24

Norwegian Victory in Mixed Relay

Czech Team happy with silver medal
Czech Team happy with silver medal
(Foto: Michal Červený, Český biatlon)

The Norwegian Team of Fanny Welle-Strand Horn, Tiril Eckhoff, Johannes Thingnes Boe and Tarjei Boe won a dramatic mixed relay this evening in 1:12:49.2 with six spare rounds. They finished just 4.1 seconds ahead of the home team Czech Republic, with five spare rounds. Third went to Ukraine, 1:21.3 back, with a penalty and seven spares. Russia finished fourth, France fifth and Germany in sixth.

The big crowd of 32,000 stayed around for the evening mixed relay, as the temperature dropped but the wind died.

First Leg Battle

The first leg ended up being a battle between Irina Varvynets of Ukraine and Veronika Vitkova. Vitkova prevailed at the exchange by a mere .4 seconds, as Belarus trailed in third, 28.3 seconds back. France was in fifth, 37.7 seconds off the pace. Soukalova had a brilliant prone stage and kept the lead over Semerenko and Domracheva. However Dorin Habert cleaned both stages with ten shots and grabbed the lead which she held at the exchange. Semerenko and Domracheva were 3.8 and 4.8 seconds back with Soukalova at 8.5 seconds back. France, Ukraine and Belarus tagged in that order with Czech Republic in fourth.

Third leg Michal Slesingr quickly cleaned prone to retake the lead for the Czech Team, with Johannes Boe just behind as they headed to the standing stage. Boe cleaned standing with incredible speed, while Slesingr needed a spare round to go out behind him and Ukraine's Dmytro Pidruchnyi. These three teams were more than one minute ahead of fourth place USA at this point.

Anchor Leg

At the final exchange, Boe tagged his brother Tarjei and Slesingr tagged Moravec virtually even. Sergey Semenov took over for Ukraine, 15 seconds back, with the USA still in fourth position as junior athlete Sean Doherty took over.

Boe Shoots Fast

Moravec cleaned prone in five deliberate shots while Boe used a single spare round to fall about five seconds back. Semenov used all of his spares and had a penalty, retaining third but falling over 1:08 back, with Russia's Anton Shipulin, in fourth closing in. Boe dropped all five targets in his typical rapid style while Moravec used a spare and fell 12 seconds back. Semenov remained in third over 30 seconds ahead of Shipulin. They finished in that order.

Boe Brothers

Johannes Boe commented on his leg that put the Norwegians in first. "I was opening really hard on the first loop and did not have much energy left in the last loop. But after I looked at the results, it was a really strong leg."

His brother admitted that he was happy with his fast shooting. "Moravec is one of the fastest standing shooters, so today I wanted to show Moravec that I am the fastest."

Support of the Fans

Michal Slesingr was not disappointed with his team's second place. "I think we can be really happy with second; we (Ondrej and I) spent a little more time in standing... Before the race we would have been happy with second so there is no disappointment... We were able to give something back to all of the fans who came here... we can feel their support that has made biathlon almost the number one sport in Czech Republic."

Not Shooting Well

Sergey Semenov who had a penalty, admitted he is not shooting well. "I have to talk to the coaches, but all season, I can shoot zeros one day and the next day; have four misses."

 

Mixed Relay (2 x 6 + 2 x 7,5 km):

Official results
Race analysis
World Cup Relay Score

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