Happy Polish Women; Yaroshenko Stars at SBWCH

25.09.2011, Nove Mesto / IBU Info PL/JK
IBU Summer Biathlon World Championships
Krystyna Palka of Poland and Dmitri Yaroshenko of Russia each had four penalties, but still claimed Gold medals in their respective pursuit competitions at the Summer Biathlon World Championships this afternoon in Nove Mesto na Morave.

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 Happy Palka

Sprint champion Valj Semerenko of Ukraine and Palka started just 3 seconds apart today. Despite missing four prone shots, Palka cleaned the standing stages to finish 44.4 seconds ahead of the Ukrainian. Semerenko’s six penalties plus fatigue form three hard competitions were just too much for her today. Just as in the winter; the first day is easy, the second a bit harder and by today, Semerenko could not explain the three standing penalties in the third stage.

Considered Not Starting, Then a Bronze Medal

Weronika Novakowaska-Ziemniak of Poland was in such a bad mood earlier in theday that she considered not starting the women’s pursuit. After her seventh place in the sprint left her more than a minute back, she felt her changces of moving up were poor. After four penalties in the first three stages today, she shot clean in the final standing stage. Only then after passing Veronika Vitkova of the Czech Republic did she move into the Bronze spot. After encouragement from her coaches, she sped up and secured her medal. Like some of her teammates, she xplained her bad form last season to overtraining and now has resolved that. Withe her medal today, the prospects for the winter look much brighter

Three Competitions, Three Battles, Three Gold Medals

Yaroshenko secured his spot as the star of these Championships, despite four penalties, with a solid 33:04.5 victory in the men’s 12.5K pursuit today. After the Mixed Relay and Sprint gold medals, this was the icing on the cake.

Olexander Bilanenko of the Ukraine could do little more than congratulate his Russian rival today. The Ukrainian only had two penalties, but still was 30.6 seconds back at the finish.  Bulgaria again grabbed the Bronze medal, but today it was Krasimir Anev instead of his teammate Vladimir Iliev. Anev was the only man to shoot clean and finished 54.9 seconds behind Yaroshenko. Fourth went to the host Czech Republic’s Michal Slesingr who moved up from ninth position at the start but fell 29.9 seconds shot of a medal.

The 2012 Summer Biathlon World Championship´s will be held in Ufa, Russia, the nation who had the most success at these 2011 Summer Biathlon World Championships.