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30.01.2015
Merkushyna and Claude Wins IBU OECH Junior Sprints
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Anastasiya Merkushyna of Ukraine and Fabien Claude of France won the Gold medals, both with clean shooting in today's junior sprints at the IBU OECH. Merkushyna who had an IBU Cup podium and competed on the World Cup circuit this season won her title in 21:56.3. Claude, Fabien Claude of France claimed his first victory in the season in the junior men's 10K in 24:26.4. The third day of competitions at the IBU Open European Championships in cloudy Otepää brought less wind and more clean shooting in both competitions.
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29.01.2015
Volkov and Piscoran Win IBU OECH Gold
Copyright IBU/Andrei Ivanov
On a very windy day, Russia's Olympic Champion Alexey Volkov and Luminita Piscoran of Romania won Gold medals in the 20K and 15K individual competitions. Volkov with his first individual podium of the season had two penalties in the last standing stage but still won in 53:23.2. Earlier in the day, Luminita Piscoran of Romania with a personal best result personal best today, won her Gold medal with 5 penalties in 51:15.7. It was not just the first individual medal for Piscoran, but the first podium ever for Romania at the IBU OECH.
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28.01.2015
IBU OECH Opens: Slivko and Begue First Champions
Copyright IBU/Andrei Ivanov
Yesterday evening the Open European Championships in Otepää, Estonia kicked off with an official opening ceremony. Today on a cloudy and windy day, the juniors competed for the first medals in their individual competitions. Victoria Slivko of Russia and Aristide Begue claimed the first Gold medals winning the junior women and men's titles. Slivko had a single penalty, winning the 12.5K in 38:41.1. Later in the day, Begue was one of two junior men to shoot clean, taking his title in 39:522.1.
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27.01.2015
OECH Starts in Snowy Otepää
Copyright IBU/Mariya Osolodkina
The Open European Championships in Otepaa, Estonia will open with junior individual competitions tomorrow. 33 nations registered here will participate in 15 competitions over 7 days; 122 men, 86 women, 82 junior men and 69 junior women will try to show their best on the tracks and on the shooting range to compete for the medals.
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25.01.2015
Antholz Wrap-up with Dasha and Simon
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This final World Cup in January was marked by a few things: sunshine, Darya Domracheva, Simon Schempp and windy relays. Domracheva and Schempp were the big winners, taking the sprint/pursuit double which gave each of them a hat trick when last week's mass start is added in. The sun was out for every competition day; a rarity this season. However the weekend ended with storm-force winds bringing the women's relay to a halt on several occasions before Germany prevailed, as the Norwegian men did in the morning.
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25.01.2015
Germany Takes Wind-Blown Relay
Copyright IBU/Christian Manzoni
Despite gale-force winds that made shooting a lottery at times, the German team of Franziska Hildebrand, Franziska Preuss, Luise Kummer and Laura Dahlmeier won the women's relay with two penalties and ten spare rounds in 1:18:47.9. Czech Republic with no penalties, but 15 spares finished 35 seconds back in second place with Ukraine in third , 45.3 seconds back with a three penalties and fourteen spares. Russia finished fourth, with France fifth and Belarus in sixth.
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25.01.2015
Norway Wins Antholz Relay
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Norway's team of Ole Einar Björndalen, Tarjei Boe, Johannes Thingnes Boe, and Emil Hegle Svendsen used just five spare rounds on a windy morning to claim the men's relay in 1:15:36.7. Second went to Germany, with seven spare rounds, 16.4 seconds back, while France claimed third, with five spare rounds, 42 seconds back. Austria finished fourth, with Russia in fifth, and Czech Republic in sixth place.
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24.01.2015
Domracheva Runs Away with Pursuit Victory
Copyright IBU/Christian Manzoni
Darya Domracheva of Belarus gave no other woman a chance today in claiming her hat trick of three wins in a row, winning the women's pursuit in 30:58.5, with one penalty. She led from start to finish and was never challenged. Daria Virolaynen of Russia, with one penalty finished second, 1:21back. Third went to Kaisa Mäkäräinen of Finland with five penalties, 1:29 back. Franziska Hildebrand finished fourth, with five penalties, 1:29.3 back, with France's Marie Dorin Habert in fifth, with two penalties, 1:38 back. Susan Dunklee of the USA finished sixth, with one penalty 1:14.8 back.
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24.01.2015
Schempp Sprints to Pursuit Victory
Copyright IBU/Christian Manzoni
Germany's Simon Schempp scored a hat trick today by claiming the men's pursuit for his third win in a row over two weeks. Schempp came back from two penalties in the prone stages to win in 31:27.9, just .1seconds over Austrian Simon Eder, with one penalty. Third went to Russia's Evgeniy Garanichev with one penalty, 1.1 seconds back. Missing the podium in the final sprint was Norway's Ole Einar Björndalen, who shot clean, 1.9 seconds back. Fifth went to the Yellow Bib Martin Fourcade who moved from 25th position at the start with clean shooting, 31,9 seconds back Germany's Erik Lesser finished sixth, also shooting clean, 45.6 seconds back.
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24.01.2015
Postcard from Antholz
Copyright IBU/Biathloworld TV
The Antholz Valley in the heart of the South Tyrol is a mixture of cultures; Italian, Austrian in an area of spectacular mountain and valley settings. This cultural crossroads all comes together in the great party/sports week during the Antholz World Cup. Our “Postcard from Antholz” offers a quick peek at this unique area and its culture.
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