Women’s sprint of World Cup 3 – Pokljuka, Slovenia – just finished a few moments ago.
The race was held and very harsh and snowy conditions. Gabriela Soukalova (Czech Republic) took the win (no shots missed) – the first of her career – with 22:09:8 with an advantage of just 2.1 seconds over Miriam Gossner that missed 2 shots (but is a much faster skier). With this win Soukalova moved from 10th to 4th in World Cup overall standings.
Last podium place went to Nadezhda Skardino (Belarus) 30.1 seconds from Soukalova’s time.
All these 3 biathletes made their best results ever (Gossner repeated a previous 2nd place).
After this event Tora Berger (only 27th place today, 2 shots missed) still leads the World Cup overall standings and even extended her advantage (52 instead of 38) since Darya Domracheva of Belarus was absent from the race due to a flu (she will miss the pursuit as well and may be also the Mass Start on Sunday)
Local biathlete, Slovenian Teja Gregorin, previously 9th in the World Cup overall classification (now 11th), finished just in 28th place.
So the Pursuit race to be held tomorrow promises to be rather different from others with Tora Berger having a hard job to come back from her 1 minut and 19 seconds gap.
World Cup 3 in Poklujka has a great schedule for the weekend, with the both the men’s and women’s pursuit and mass start races.
You can check the full schedule on:
And the official event site has further useful information, including weather forecasts for the weekend.