The second week of the IBU World Championships in Hochfilzen started with two training days in the warm, sunny weather that matched the first week which kept spirits high and the competition fierce.
When the events got under way again, Martin Fourcade won two further medals, taking bronze in the men’s individual 20km and silver in the men’s 4x7.5km relay. These two medals took his count up five for the championships as he confirmed himself as one of the most successful biathlon athletes in the world.
The French success continued as the young Anais Chevailler, left Hochfilzen with three medals. She won silver in the mixed relay and took home two bronze medals in the women’s 7.5km sprint & 4x6km relay. Odlo are proud to support the success of our French Federation Team and congratulate the athletes on their fantastic achievements.
The Swiss Biathlon Team and the Slovenian Biathlon Team instead suffered mixed results at the championships. Except of the 10th place of Benjamin Weger in men individual, which was his best race at a world championship, the Odlo teams struggled to reach the top ends of the rankings. However, the teams are in a transitional period with upcoming stars in both teams gaining invaluable experience at Hochfilzen. Aita Gasparin, Mario Dolder and Serafin Wiestner of the Swiss Team and Teja Gregorin and Klemen Bauer of the Slovenian Team did great jobs, so the future looks bright for both teams.
It wasn’t all serious competition. In between the races, the French service team found an opportunity to seize some golden jackets, reserved only for the medal winners. They took their chance to enjoy their moment as makeshift gold medalists by posing for a photo in a celebratory mood and deservedly so.
The jackets are now in Lahti for the athletes in the XC, NC or ski jump disciplines to vie for one to have just as much fun with them after winning! The World Championships have started with qualification for ladies (5km) and men (10km) and we wish all our teams the best and hope for a golden games.