Denise Herrmann narrowly missed bronze in the 7.5 km sprint at the Biathlon World Championships in Antholz despite an excellent mileage. The 31-year-old made three shooting mistakes in difficult wind conditions and had to make do with fifth place despite a strong final round. The podium was 9.2 seconds short.
Marte Olsbu Röiseland became world champion. The Norwegian triumphed after a shooting error in 21: 13.1 minutes ahead of the surprisingly strong Susan Dunklee (USA / 0 shooting error / 6.8 seconds back) and the Czech Lucie Charvatova (1 / 21.3). Röiseland had already won the mixed relay with Norway, the German team had a disappointing fourth place at the start – because Herrmann had blundered in the shooting.
Thanks to her very good placement in the sprint, Herrmann secured a great starting position for the pursuer on Sunday (1:00 p.m. / ZDF) over 10 km. She had won the title a year ago in Östersund. Favorite Norwegian Tiril Eckhoff had a weak day in the sprint with six mistakes. Franziska Preuss from Haag (2 / 40.8) took a good eighth place. Vanessa Hinz (Schliersee / 2 / 49.5) turned 14.
On Saturday (2.45 p.m. / ZDF) Benedikt Doll challenges Johannes Thingnes Bö in the sprint over 10 km high-flyer. According to the 29-year-old, he hopes "for a weakness" of the Norwegian, "if he does a perfect race, he is actually almost invincible." In addition to Doll, Johannes Kühn also drew attention to himself in third place in the sprint this winter. Seasoned Arnd Peiffer has not yet been able to convince over the 10 km.
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