Biathlon - Zagoruiko takes gold in Slovakia

Russian Anastasia Zagoruiko admits she surprised even herself as she coped best with the extreme Slovakian weather to claim women's 15km individual gold at the IBU Biathlon Open European Championships.

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Biathlon - Zagoruiko takes gold in Slovakia
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Due to some parts of the Osrblie track reaching lows of minus 18 degrees, the women’s race was delayed by an hour, with start intervals reduced to 20 seconds as opposed to the normal 30.

And all this waiting around clearly gave Zagoruiko itchy feet as she crossed the finish line in 42:44.1 minutes, with one penalty, for the win.

Germany’s Juliane Doll took silver, 46.5 seconds behind Zagoruiko, while Doll’s compatriot Carolin Hennecke collected bronze, the pair finishing with two penalties.

“I did not expect such a good result,” said Zagoruiko. “My race was good except the miss during the last shooting.

“When I went on the tracks, my coaches told me that I was in first but that there were several others who had not missed yet.

“Then, when I was on the last lap, they told me that all the others had missed but that I still needed to run fast.”

Meanwhile, the men’s 20km individual race was delayed by half an hour, but after Germany’s disappointment on missing out on the gold in the women’s race, Daniel Bohm made up for it by claiming gold.

Bohm showed accuracy with the rifle as well as speed on the snow as he crossed the line in 48:20.7 minutes, 1:06.7 minutes faster than his closest rival, Ukraine’s Artem Pryma.

And Erik Lesser wrapped up a good day for Germany in Slovakia as he pipped Russian Sergey Klyachin to bronze.

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