IBU Open European Championships: Three in a Row for Döll, Victory for Volkov

Juliane Döll won the Women’s 10 km Pursuit for her third win of these European Championships, while Alexey Volkov was victorious in the Men’s 12.5 km Pursuit.

Döll started with a 7.9 second head start and was in the lead for most of the competition, slipping back into second briefly after picking up a penalty in the first prone stage. Döll was fast on the tracks and crossed the line first in a time of 34:54.1 with two penalties. Marine Boillet of France was in second, 40.8 seconds back with no penalties. Third place went to Nadine Horchler, who was 1:13.3 back with one penalty.

Rosanna Crawford was the top North American with a 13th place finish, 3:00.9 back with one penalty. Susan Dunklee was 19th (4:19.2 back, eight penalties), and Melanie Schultz was 29th (5:53.7 back, two penalties).

Dorothea Wierer won the Junior Women’s 10 km Pursuit in a time of 35:24.5 with three penalties. Second place went to Olga Galich of Russia, 48.4 seconds back with two penalties and Svetlana Perminova of Russia, 1:14.3 back with three penalties.

Here are the results for the Women and the Junior Women, and the IBU article on the competitions.

In the Men’s 12.5 km Pursuit, Volkov benefited from the poor shooting of his rivals to win comfortably in a time of 39:35.7, with two penalties. Krasimir Anev was second, 18.1 seconds back with one penalty. Jean Guillaume Beatrix was third, 34.2 back with three penalties.

Patrick Cote of Canada was the top North American with a 18th place finish, 2:34.8 back with two penalties. Tyson Smith was 26th (3:54.7 back, four penalties), Russell Currier was 33rd (4:39.6 back, eight penalties), Wynn Roberts was 44th (6:18.9 back, seven penalties), Bill Bowler was 46th (7:20.4 back, five penalties) and Joel Pacas was 49th (8:03.5 back, nine penalties).

The Junior Men’s 12.5 km Pursuit podium was a repeat of the Sprint, with Viacheslav Akimov winning in a time of 38:53.7 with four penalties. Benedickt Doll was second, 36.3 seconds back with six penalties and Michal Krcmar of the Czech Republic was third, 51.5 seconds back with four penalties.

Here are the results for the Men and the Junior Men, and the IBU article on the competitions.

With the conclusion of the IBU Open European Championships, the biathlon world now turns its full attention to the 2011 World Championships in Khanty-Mansisyk, Russia.

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