The Blink Roller Ski Festival was held earlier this weekend, and featured three biathlon competitions: a shooting duel, a mass start competition and a super sprint.
The Blink festival is an annual roller event held in Sandnes, Norway, attracting elite competitors from Norway and internationally. This year there was a strong American presence with Lowell Bailey and Tim Burke putting in podium performances.
The first biahtlon event was the shooting duel on Friday morning. 55 men and 25 women participated in the duel, which went three rounds. Marte Olsbu was women’s champion, finishing ahead of Kaisa Makarainen and Kristin Sandeggen of Norway (full results here). The Norwegians were dominant in the men’s competition, with Martin Eng, Tarjei Boe and Vermund Gurigard rounding out the podium (full results).
Friday afternoon the mass start competitions were held, with 11 men and women making it into the finals following a qualifying round. This time Fanny Welle-Strand Horn was the winner in the women’s competition, with Kaisa Makarainen again in second. Third place went to Marine Boillet (full results). The men’s competition was a very close race with Emil Hegle Svendsen pipping Lowell Bailey at the finish line, and Tarjei Boe coming in third (full results).
The last biathlon event were the Super Sprints, held on Saturday. After two qualifying rounds, 11 men and 9 women competed in this fast and exciting format. There was a French sweep of the podium in the Women’s competition, with Marine Bolliet, Enora Latuilliere and Anais Chevalier collecting the medals (full results). Johannes Boe restored Norwegian honour by winning the Men’s Super Sprint with compatriot Marius Hol in second and Tim Burke in third (full results).
Next up on the summer biathlon circuit is the Odlo City Biathlon event in Puttlingen, Germany on August 10th.