Numerous candidates for relay victories

Saturday at the IBU World Championships Biathlon 2021 Pokljuka is dedicated to relay races. The women’s race will start at 11:45 a.m. and the men’s at 3 p.m. It is hard to predict a favourite for the final win, looking at the results of the season.

In the 2020/21 season, the biathletes competed in four races and in women’s category each of the victory went to the other country. Swedes, Germans, and Norwegians finished at the top in the first three races, while at the “dress rehearsal” in Anterselva, Russians claimed the win. In January, Belarusians proved that surprises are possible when they finished second in Oberhof. And it is these teams that are the main favourites for the title.

Norwegians defend the title from Anterselva 2020, the silver went to the Germans and the bronze to the Ukrainians. And the balance of power has not changed significantly comparing to the previous season. The Germans and Russians are strong, especially as a team. On the other hand, the Norwegians with Tiril Eckhoff and Marte Olsbu Roeiseland, the Swedes with Hanna Oeberg and the French with Anais Chevalier-Bouchet have more outstanding stars in their ranks.

The young Slovenian team will primarily fight to improve the impression from their performances at the home World Championships. A result up to 12th place would already be a great success, among 22 registered teams.

In the men’s race, the favourites are the Norwegians and the French. In the last races, the French, who are defending last year’s victory, were the better team twice. The Norwegians won the first race, and in the second the Swedes proved that they should be taken seriously. The Germans, Italians and Russians also finished on the podium.

As so many times before, the pursuers will be waiting for the mistakes of the French and Norwegians on the shooting range, as they have made quite a few so far at Pokljuka.

Slovenia is still waiting for a really top result at the home World Championships. But in the individual race, Jakov Fak, Miha Dovžan, Rok Tršan and Alex Cisar proved that they are very accurate on the shooting range and fast in skiing. With a good outcome, they may be able to repeat last year’s achievement, when they unexpectedly claimed fifth place in Anterselva.

Women, 4×6 km Relay

 

Date

Place

Winner

Second

Third

5 December 2020

Kontiolahti

Sweden

Johanna Skottheim

Mona Brorsson

Elvira Öberg

Hanna Öberg

France

Anaïs Bescond

Anaïs Chevalier

Chloé Chevalier

Justine Braisaz

Germany

Vanessa Hinz

Franziska Preuss

Maren Hammerschmidt

Denise Herrmann

12 December 2021

Hochfilzen

Norway

Karoline Offigstad Knotten

Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold

Tiril Eckhoff

Marte Olsbu Roeiseland

France

Anaïs Bescond

Julia Simon

Justine Braisaz

Anaïs Chevalier

Sweden

Johanna Skottheim

Linn Persson

Hanna Öberg

Elvira Öberg

16 January 2021

Oberhof

Germany

Vanessa Hinz

Janina Hettich

Denise Herrmann

Franziska Preuss

Belarus

Iryna Kryuko

Dzinara Alimbekava

Hanna Sola

Elena Kruchinkina

Sweden

Mona Brorsson

Linn Persson

Elvira Öberg

Hanna Öberg

24 January 2021

Antholz-Anterselva

Russia

Evgeniya Pavlova

Tatiana Akimova

Svetlana Mironova

Uliana Kaisheva

Germany

Vanessa Hinz

Janina Hettich

Denise Herrmann

Franziska Preuß

France

Anaïs Bescond

Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet

Justine Braisaz-Bouchet

Julia Simon

     

World Championships 2020

Antholz-Anterselva

Norway

Synnoeve Solemdal

Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold

Tiril Eckhoff

Marte Olsbu Roeiseland

Germany

Karolin Horchler

Vanessa Hinz

Franziska Preuss

Denise Herrmann

Ukraine

Anastasiya Merkushyna

Yuliia Dzhima

Vita Semerenko

Olena Pidhrushna

Men, 4×7.5 km Relay

 

Date

Place

Winner

Second

Third

6 December 2020

Kontiolahti

Norway

Sturla Holm Laegreid

Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen

Tarjei Boe

Johannes Thingnes Boe

Sweden

Peppe Femling

Jesper Nelin

Martin Ponsiluoma

Sebastian Samuelsson

Germany

Erik Lesser

Roman Rees

Arnd Peiffer

Benedikt Doll

13 December 2021

Hochfilzen

Sweden

Peppe Femling

Jesper Nelin

Martin Ponsiluoma

Sebastian Samuelsson

Norway

Sturla Holm Laegreid

Johannes Dale

Tarjei Boe

Johannes Thingnes Boe

Germany

Erik Lesser

Roman Rees

Benedikt Doll

Philipp Horn

15 January 2021

Oberhof

France

Simon Desthieux

Quentin Fillon Maillet

Fabien Claude

Émilien Jacquelin

Norway

Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen

Johannes Dale

Tarjei Boe

Johannes Thingnes Boe

Italy

Thomas Bormolini

Lukas Hofer

Tommaso Giacomel

Dominik Windisch

23 January 2021

Antholz-Anterselva

France

Antonin Guigonnat

Quentin Fillon Maillet

Simon Desthieux

Émilien Jacquelin

Norway

Sturla Holm Laegreid

Johannes Dale

Tarjei Boe

Johannes Thingnes Boe

Russia

Anton Babikov

Matvey Eliseev

Alexander Loginov

Eduard Latypov

     

World Championships 2020

Antholz-Anterselva

France

Émilien Jacquelin

Martin Fourcade

Simon Desthieux

Quentin Fillon Maillet

Norway

Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen

Johannes Dale

Tarjei Boe

Johannes Thingnes Boe

Germany

Erik Lesser

Philipp Horn

Arnd Peiffer

Benedikt Doll