Short Individual Anterselva 2024

by Alain Chivilò

 

Anterselva – Antholz, 18-21/1/2024. Italy’s appointment for the Biathlon World Cup. Two races, between women and men, challenging in Short Individual and Mass Start.

On the Saturday dedicated to the national relays, where everything takes on different perspectives, the Short Individual races on Thursday and Friday were very tough, combative, in the name of competitiveness. Every miss on the range is a time penalty that determines the ranking, always according to one’s preparation in the free cross-country technique which can help to recover the accumulated gap. A quick sequence at the range doesn’t always help and in some cases doubles the misses.

Biathlon is a competition of balance and not of anger towards a series of opponents (even placed from outside at a motivational level), than other sports.

Men’s Short Individual 15 Km

Absolute and peremptory performance by Johannes Thingnes Boe, 0/0/0/0 who in the two positions makes no misses on the range and wins the race in an almost simple way, even though it isn’t, in 37.28.0

+1.36.1 Tarjei Boe, 0/1/0/1, +1.44.0 Johannes Kuehn 0/0/0/2, +1.47.3 Johannes Dale-Skjevdal 0/2/0/1

The Boe Family returns to the top. Norway always present. The France of the Men is still below the qualities highlighted in recent years. Italy, Germany and Sweden present but there is still a race.

Women’s Short Individual 12.5 Km

Lena Haecki-Gross, after few weeks at the back, finds the absolute performance and in a perhaps unpredictable way wins in 36.49.0 without misses 0/0/0/0

Second Julia Simon in a very strong final forcing +20.2, 0/1/0/1. Closing out the podium were Lou Jeanmonnot +31.4, 0/0/1/0 over Vanessa Voigt +37.2, 0/0/0/0

Other favorites for the race and the general classification, such as Braisaz-Bouchet, Vittozzi, Tandrevold, Wierer in some sectors, with misses on the shooting range, compromised the result. France, Norway, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland in the top ten positions but, the other nations still have a race to fix better the balance between shooting and cross country.

Two more days.

 

©AC, NDSL, AM, Alain Chivilo

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