The biathlon World Championships in Austria got under way in early February and now the first few events have been decided, we take a look at how the Odlo sponsored teams faired in the early races.
There was a win for Martin Fourcade in the men’s 12.5K pursuit as he defends his ‘pursuit crown’ from 2016. The French athlete uncharacteristically fell to two penalties, leaving him behind Benedikt Doll (GER) and Johannes Boe (NOR) to take the bronze medal. The French team experienced more individual success in the shape of Anais Chevalier who, like Fourcade, took an unexpected bronze, however this time to the athlete and team’s delight.
When it came to the team events, the mixed relay gave the French pair another chance for a medal alongside Marie-Dorin Habert and Quentin Fillon Maillet who made up the rest of the four person team. The team went on to grab a second place finish and take home the silver medal to round off a great first part of the IBU World champions for the French federation.
It was a mixed spell for the Swiss team. The team suffered during the mixed relay and failed to finish in the medal places. However, in the individual sprint, fortunes were much better for Selina Gasparin, finishing 11th in the Women’s race and Mario Dolder and Sefarin Wiestner, 15th and 18th respectively in the Men’s race. The team will be hoping for improved performances as the Championships continue in Hochfilzen.