Monika Hojnisz Takes Pursuit IBU OECH

25.02.2013, Bansko / IBU Info TO
Medals for Preuss and Horchler
Poland’s Monika Hojnisz shot clean despite difficult conditions and won the women’s 10K pursuit title today. Second went to Germany’s Franziska Preuss with two penalties, 1.43.2 back. Third place went to her teammate Karolin Horchler who advanced from 15th place at the start and won a medal by shooting clean. She was 2:21.3 back.

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Fourth went to Norway’s Ane Skrove Nossum from Norway with three penalties, 2:50.2 back. She beat Ukraine’s Mariya Panfilova on the last lap. Panfilova had six penalties , 2:53.3 back. Jacquemine Baud of France finished sixth, 3;35 back with two penalties.

Wind from Right, Then None

The conditions for the women were difficult, but for once not because of fog. Hojnisz explained, “The conditions were very hard, especially at the shooting range. When we had the zeroing, the wind was from the right. During my second shooting, there was no more wind. I did not know what to do but I turned 5 clicks and then shot zero again.”

Youth on the Podium

Others had more problems. The winner of the sprint, Irina Starykh of Russia, dropped out of medal contention after missing all five targets in the first standing stage. Preuss took advantage of this opportunity to claim second. About her Silver medal she said, “The medal means very much to me. I was very nervous to start in the women’s competitions; I can still start in youth. The individual was not so good because of the shooting. Yesterday the 5th place in the sprint was a big surprise for me and today is just amazing.” The OECH has senior level competitions for athletes under 26 and junior level competitions for athletes that were born in 1992 or later. Preuss is allowed to start one level below, in youth.

Goal: Top 6

While Preuss was alone, far behind Hojnisz and ahead of the rest, the fight for Bronze was decided at the last shooting stage.  Horchler came to the range with Ukraine’s Panfilova. The Ukrainian shot soon and fast but at the end, one target was still black. Horchler commented, “I hoped that I could shoot zero again!” She did just that and took Bronze. “I had hoped to be in the top 6 but did not expect a medal,” said the young German after she advanced from 15th at the start.

For Tuesday, the competition program was changed as follows: the men’s 12.5K pursuit at 9:00 CET and the women’s relay at 12:00 CET.