Juliane Döll of Germany and Tobias Eberhard of Austria earned Sprint victories in a day full of close finishes at Ridnaun, Italy.
Döll won the 15 km Women’s Individual competition on Tuesday, and was on top of the podium again in the Women’s 7.5 km Sprint, finishing in 23:15.7 with one penalty. Gabriela Soukalova came in second place, only 7.9 seconds back of Döll with one penalty. Marine Boillet of France was third, 13.1 seconds back with no penalties.
Susan Dunklee of the U.S. cracked the top ten with a ninth place finish, 54 seconds back with two penalties. Rosanna Crawford was 17th, shooting clean to finish 1:41.9 back. Melanie Schultz was 33rd (2:54.7 back, two penalties) and Claude Godbout was 49th (4:43.1 back, four penalties).
Aleksandra Alikina of Russia won the Junior Women’s 7.5 km Sprint in a time of 24:05.6, with two penalties. Dorothea Wierer of Italy was second, only 3.5 seconds back despite three penalties. Third place went to Olga Galich of Russia, 11.3 seconds back with one penalty.
Corrine Malcom of the U.S. was all smiles after a sixth place finish, 49.3 seconds back with two penalties. Grace Boutot came in 34th (2:39.2 back, two penalties), Kelly Kjorlien in 35th (2:40.2 back, one penalty) and Emma Lodge in 46th (4:09 back, two penalties).
In the Men’s 10 km Sprint, Eberhard and second place finisher Alexey Volkov each shot clean, with Eberhard crossing the line in 26:11.2 and Volkov finishing 17.7 seconds back. Italy’s Lukas Hofer came in third, 22.6 seconds back with three penalties.
Patrick Cote of Canada was the fastest North American in 20th place, 1:56 back with one penalty. Russell Currier was 25th (2:06.2 back, five penalties), Tyson Smith was 32nd (2:27 back, two penalties), Bill Bowler was 40th (2:59.5 back, two penalties), Joel Pacas was 44th (3:02.8 back, three penalties) and Wynn Roberts was 45th (3:07.8 back, six penalties).
Viacheslav Akimov of Russia won the Junior Men’s 10 km Sprint in a time of 26:27.7 with no penalties. Benedickt Doll of Germany came in second, 17.7 seconds back with two penalties. Third place went to Michal Krcmar of the Czech Republic, 27.6 seconds back with no penalties.
The IBU Open European Championships will conclude tomorrow with the Pursuit competitions.