In sprint, Eckhoff and Røiseland are favourites

On Saturday, women will begin their individual competitions at the IBU World Championships Biathlon Pokljuka 2021. The same as their men colleagues, women biathletes will also first deal with the shortest event – sprint. Women will compete over the 7.5 km long track, and will shoot once in the prone position and once in the standing position.

Norwegians Tiril Eckhoff in Marte Olsbu Røiseland are the first favourites for the win. Eckhoff won the last three sprints before the World Championships, and she was also once second, while her teammate Marte Olsbu Røiseland is defending the title. This season, the overall leading biathlete of the season, Røiseland, won one silver and one bronze medal. Both have already won one gold from the mixed relay event here in Pokljuka.

Not to be overlooked is Sweden’s Hanna Öberg who won the first two sprints of the season in Kontiolahti, besides, the third biathlete of the season was once second. Belarus Dzinara Alimbekava, the seventh in the overall standing, also has one win in sprint from this season. In the first six races of the season, 12 different biathletes stood on the podium. The most podiums, eight, were won by Norwegians, Swedes follow with four. In Oberhof, Lisa Theresa Hauser won two bronze medals for Austria, Belarus, France, Italy and Germany have taken the podium once.

The home nation, Slovenia, will be represented by the debutante at the World Championships Lena Repinc, Lea Einfalt and Polona Klemenčič.

Last year in Anterselva, American Susan Dunklee, currently the 55th biathlete of the season, won the silver, and Czech Lucie Charvátová, who is four places behind American in the World Cup, the bronze.

Start at 14:30.

7,5 km Sprint

Date

Place

Winner

Second

Third

29 November 2020

Kontiolahti

Hanna Öberg

Marte Olsbu Røiseland

Karoline Offigstad Knotten

3 December 2020

Kontiolahti

Hanna Öberg

Anaïs Chevalier

Elvira Öberg

11 December 2020

Hochfilzen

Dzinara Alimbekava

Tiril Eckhoff

Franziska Preuß

18 December 2020

Hochfilzen

Tiril Eckhoff

Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold

Marte Olsbu Røiseland

8 January 2021

Oberhof

Tiril Eckhoff

Hanna Öberg

Lisa Theresa Hauser

14 January 2021

Oberhof

Tiril Eckhoff

Dorothea Wierer

Lisa Theresa Hauser

     

World Championships 2020

Antholz-Anterselva

Marte Olsbu Røiseland

Susan Dunklee

Lucie Charvátová