Biathlon European Championships in Ridanna: Loginov and Chevalier win the pursuit races 

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Ridanna, 27 January 2018 - On Saturday the last two competitions of the Biathlon European Championships took place in Ridanna. While Russian Alexander Loginov triumphed among the men, Chloé Chevalier from France was unbeatable in the women's race. Karin Oberhofer from Velturno ended up in a strong fifth place. 


Alexander Loginov won the men's Pursuit race thanks to a strong performance in the track. The 25-year old Russian had to ski two penalty circuits, but was unstoppable and claimed the European Championship title with a time of 32,22.1 minutes. For his victory Loginov, who had started the race in second place, also benefited from the absence of Sprint winner Andrejs Rastorgujevs. The biathlete from Lithuania should have been the first biathlete in the pursuit race, but left Ridanna early and cancelled his start in the Pursuit at short notice. 


Coming in behind Loginov, Krasimir Anev from Bulgaria won Silver. The 30-year old made no errors in the shooting range and was delighted with his second medal of the European Championships, having won Bronze in yesterday's Sprint. It was the fourth time that Ridanna expert Anev stood on the podium in South Tyrol. In 2011 the man from Bulgaria had won two European Championships medals in Ridanna. 


After a brilliant comeback, Evgeniy Garanichev from Russia finished in third place. The 29 year old from Tyumen finished in the fastest time of the whole field and gained 16 places despite three penalty circuits. The World Cup expert from Russia started the decisive attempt at the Bronze medal in the last round: Garanichev overtook Simon Fourcade from France and Norwegian biathlete Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen, securing his third place. 


The Italian biathletes did not score any successes in the Pursuit. Rudy Zini and Pietro Dutto, the only two Italians at the start, had to content with 38th and 41st place respectively. Andreas Plaickner from Montassilone was 112th in the Sprint and did not qualify for the Pursuit. 



Chloé Chevalier wins her second Gold


In the women's Pursuit race Chloé Chevalier from France was in a class of her own. Thanks to error-free shooting the 22-year old moved from second into first place and won her third medal of these European Championships. On the previous days Chevalier had won Silver in the Sprint and Gold in the Individual race. 


Ukrainian Irna Varvynets won the Silver medal. The winner in yesterday's Sprint missed one of 20 discs and fell back to second place behind Chevalier. Varvynets finished 11 seconds behind the French biathlete. Last one on the podium was Julia Simon, another member of the French team. The 21-year old, 29th after the Sprint, scored only 1 error and in an outstanding performance fought her way on the track to third place. 


Karin Oberhofer just missed out on a place on the podium


Local athlete Karin Oberhofer missed a medal by a whisker. The athlete from Velturno was in reach of a medal for most of the race. In the final standing shooting she made one too many errors and eventually finished in fifth place, just twelve seconds behind the Bronze medallist. 


The European Championships in Ridanna will finish on Sunday with the final competitions. At 1:00 pm the Individual Mixed Relay will start, at 3:00 pm the Mixed Relay. Both races can be seen live, including on Eurosport 2. A free live stream of is also available from the official website of the International Biathlon Union (IBU)  


Pursuit men (12.5 km)


1. Alexander Loginov RUS 32,22.1 minutes / 2 missed shots

2. Krasimir Anev (BUL) +27.6 (0)

3. Evgeniy Garanichev RUS +1,10.7 / 3

4. Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen NOR +1,15.1 / 3

5. Tomas Krupcik CZE +1,16.1 / 1


38. Rudy Zini ITA +4,49.5 / 4

41. Pietro Dutto ITA +5,31.,3 / 6


Pursuit women (10 km)


1. Chloé Chevalier FRA 29.25,4 minutes / 0 missed shots

2. Iryna Varvynets UKR +11.0 / 1

3. Julia Simon +43.2 / 1

4. Paulina Fialkova SVK +52.3 / 1

5. Karin Oberhofer ITA/Velturno +55.1 / 2




Comments on the men's race: 

Alexander Loginov (Gold): 
I am really happy here in Ridanna, and the results reflect that. Not to start in the Individual event on Wednesday was the right decision, because the last few days had been very demanding, with six races in eight days. I am cross with my two errors in the shooting range, but very happy with my performance in the track. 


Krasimir Anev (Silver): I am very happy with the Silver medal. I was a little tired today, and so I didn't really try to fight for first place in the final round but aimed to secure the silver medal. Yesterday's Bronze gave me so much confidence that I started today's race with a really good feeling. 


Evgeniy Garanichev (Bronze): Despite three errors in the shooting range I had a good feeling today, right from the start. Everything went brilliantly in the track, and my service team played a great part in this. After the final shooting I saw Simon (Fourcade) and Vetle (Christiansen) ski immediately ahead of me - and from that moment on I simply went on the attack. That I was able to overtake both is just fantastic.


Comments on the women's race:


Chloé Chevalier (Gold): Three medals in three races is definitely more than I had expected. Today I saw that Iryna (Varvynets) shoots faster than I, and so I really gave my all in the track. Even if it might not look like it: After the many races in the last few days I am noticing that I am getting more and more tired.


Iryna Varvynets (Silver): I knew that Chloé is faster on skis than I am and so I focused completely on the shooting. Unfortunately, one shot didn't go as well as I had hoped. In the last round I really suffered - thankfully, my lead was big enough to defend the Silver medal. 


Julia Simon (Bronze): After the 29th place in the Sprint all I wanted today was to deliver a focused and decent performance. That I even won a medal was a real surprise. To stand on the podium together with my team-mate makes me particularly happy.


Karin Oberhofer (5th place): I am very happy today. Unlike in the Individual race I felt very fast on my skis today. I am feeling that my form improves from race to race. In the final shooting I had a good series and the missed shot was only just missed. But this is biathlon.

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