Many hits and still no biathlon podium

Many hits and still no biathlon podium

50 shots, 47 hits: the german biathletes proved their pushing power at the world cup sprint in annecy-le grand bornand. Two days after the relay victory, it was not enough for a place on the podium in the individual competition, despite her accuracy.

Youngsters franziska preub and franziska hildebrand finished a strong sixth at the same time in the second world cup victory of swiss skier selena gasparin and thus both met the olympic standard. "We didn’t agree on this, it’s a coincidence," said preub, who is only 19 years old, on ZDF. The world cup rookie commented with a smile on achieving the sochi standard: "that’s really cool."

Like the duo, the entire ladies’ team was convincing with a cohesive performance. Laura dahlmeier, who also had no faults, finished tenth. Andrea henkel (1 mistake) ran on rank 13. Two-time olympic cross-country skiing champion evi sachenbacher-stehle (2) finished in 38th place. Into the finish. The first podium finish of the olympic winter in an individual race is what they want on sunday (11 a.M.).3 p.M./ZDF and eurosport) in the pursuit.

Miriam gossner decided not to compete in the individual races because of a bad back and went home. "She has too much pain when walking and pushing. That’s why it doesn’t make sense for it to run here," said head coach uwe mussiggang. He hopes that the two-time relay world champion will be back at the home world cup in oberhof at the beginning of january. Gossner struggles to regain her form for the sochi olympics after a serious cycling accident in may in which she broke four vertebrae in her back. She is to get dosed racing action. At the last world cup in hochfilzen she was 58th in the pursuit after ten penalty laps. Become. In the sprint it was enough to place 47 (5 faults).

In only her fourth individual world cup race, preub showed why, along with laura dahlmeier, the future of the german team also belongs to her. At the sliding stand the bavarian set an incredibly high tempo and hit the target with somnambulistic certainty. On the track she can’t keep up with the world’s best yet. But nobody expects that. "The relay victory has given us even more motivation". I notice that the whole thing is slowly becoming more normal for me," said preub. A year ago she was running in the germany cup, now she is competing against the best of the best. "I still can’t really believe it," admitted preub.

Like preub, hildebrand and dahlmeier performed flawlessly on the push stand. Veteran andrea henkel struggled a bit with the one error. Evi sachenbacher-stehle was only able to transfer her confident pushing from training to competition to a limited extent. In the standing position she had problems with her breathing, had to take breaks and got out of her pushing rhythm.

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