World Championships Mid-point: Review and Looking Ahead

We are half-way through the IBU World Championships, which have seen some exciting competitons and some surprising results.

The Mixed Relay competition saw three favourites race their way onto the podium, as the strong Czech, French and Norwegian teams outlasted an impressive performance from the team from Belarus.

Norway continued to add to its medal haul in the Men’s Sprint as the Boe brothers were both on the podium, Johannes Thingnes with gold and Tarjei the bronze. The big surprise on the podium was Canada’s Nathan Smith, who became the first Canadian man to ever medal at the World Championships with a silver.

In the Women’s Sprint, Marie Dorin Habert continued to put the finishing touches on a comeback for the ages by following up her silver in the Mixed Relay with gold in the Sprint. Dorin Habert gave birth to a baby girl in September, and after doubling up her victory in the Sprint with another gold in the Pursuit, is already a triple medalist at these World Championships. Weronika Nowakowska-Ziemniak was second and Valj Semerenko third.

In the Men’s Pursuit, Erik Lesser of Germany was the only competitor to shoot clean and this allowed him to cruise to victory ahead of Anton Shipulin and Tarjei Boe.

Dorin Habert led the Women’s Pursuit from start to finish, with Laura Dahlmeier moving up from 4th to 2nd, and Nowakowska-Ziemniak holding on for third.

With the Individual competitions coming up tomorrow, Norway currently leads the medal standings with 4. France is alone in second with 3 medals, while Poland and Germany each have 2. Czech Republic, Canada, Ukraine and Russia each have 1.

Following the Individuals are the Women’s and Men’s Relays, then the Mass Starts on the final day of the Championships.

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