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08.03.2015
Gold for Erik Lesser in Men’s Pursuit
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Germany's Erik Lesser won the men's pursuit Gold medal with clean shooting in 30:47.9 today, giving Germany its first medals of these 2015 IBU World Championships. Russia's Anton Shipulin finished with the Silver medal, with one penalty, 17 seconds back. Tarjei Boe of Norway claimed his third medal in the Bronze spot, 18.7 seconds back, with one penalty. Michal Slesingr of the Czech Republic finished fourth, also with one penalty, 20.4 seconds back, while Ole Einar Björndalen of Norway, with two penalties, finished fifth, 43.9 seconds back. Vladimir Iliev of Bulgaria finished sixth, with two penalties, 45.9 seconds back. Yellow bib wearing Martin Fourcade finished seventh with three penalties, 1:06.8 back.
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08.03.2015
France Battles, Wins IBU Cup Mixed Relay
Copyright IBU/Mariya Osolodkina
An exciting mixed relay, the last competition of the2014-15 IBU Cup biathlon season, was held on Saturday in Canmore. Eleven teams battled for the final podium spots with the temperature around 4C, some sun, and clouds. Team France with Anais Chevalier, Marine Bolliet, Baptiste Jouty and Antonin Guigonnat, used just 6 spares, less than any other squad, to finish on the first in 1:07:05.5. Austria with 9 spare rounds became second, snatching second place from the Italian team on the last loop, 11.3 seconds back. The Italians were in the lead until the last shooting stage, but lost not only first, but even second place; with 7 spares they finished third, 25.0 seconds behind. Fourth place went to Germany, Norway fifth, and Russia finished sixth.
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07.03.2015
Marie Dorin Habert Wins Weather Battle, Sprint Gold
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Marie Dorin Habert of France, battling heavy snow and gale-force winds upset the big favorites to win the women's sprint Gold medal this evening. Her time of 22:16.8, with one penalty gave the 28-year-old Dorin Habert not just her first World Championships Gold medal but also first individual victory of her career. The Silver medal and first podium of her career went to Weronika Nowakowska Ziemniak of Poland, who shot clean but finished 9.6 seconds back. Valja Semerenko of Ukraine won the Bronze medal with one penalty, 19.7 seconds back.
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07.03.2015
Sprint Gold for Johannes Thingnes Boe
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Norway's Johannes Thingnes Boe won his first IBU World Championship gold medal today by taking the men's 10K sprint in 24:12.8, with a single penalty. This victory combined with his three victories in last year's World Cup here makes him undefeated in individual competitions at this venue. The Silver went to surprising Nathan Smith of Canada, with one penalty, 12.1 seconds back. This was his first ever podium and medal. The Gold medalist's older brother Tarjei claimed the Bronze medal, shooting clean, 25.3 seconds back.
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07.03.2015
Nikulina and Stephan Take Final IBU Cup Sprints
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Anna Nikulina of Russia and Christoph Stephan of Germany won the final sprints of the IBU Cup season on Friday in Canmore. Nikulina had a single penalty on the way to her 20:09.8 win while Stephan shot clean, winning in 25:52.1.
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07.03.2015
Chatting with Kaisa…Skiing, the Grocery Store, a Medal
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Kaisa Mäkäräinen has a lot on her mind right now. It is the big party and competitions called the IBU World Championships that are happening in her adopted hometown of Joensuu, Finland.
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06.03.2015
2015 IBU World Championships Opening Ceremonies
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The 2015 IBU World Championships kicked off on Wednesday evening with a gala opening Ceremonies at the Market Square in Joensuu, Finland. Over 5,000 fans and local residents saw the teams march in and speeches by dignitaries including IBU president Anders Besseberg and Finland’s Prime Minister Alexander Stubb. Our photo gallery and video “Kontiolahti 2015 Opening Ceremonies” offer a quick glimpse of this event that officially opened the 10 days of competition here in Finland.
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05.03.2015
Czech Republic Slogs to Mixed Relay Gold
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The Czech Republic team of Veronika Vitkova, Gabriela Soukalova, Michal Slesingr and Ondrej Moravec, with eight spare rounds, battled the soft, deep wet snow to claim the mixed relay Gold medal tonight in 1:20:27.2. France also with eight spares claimed the Silver medal, 20.2 seconds back. Norway with one penalty and three spares, finished third, taking the Bronze medal, 27.7 seconds back.
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05.03.2015
Horchler’s Hat Trick; Eliseev Takes 20K
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Karolin Horchler of Germany completed her hat trick of three consecutive wins by winning the women's 15K in Canmore with one penalty in 44:34.4. In the afternoon men's 20K, Matvey Eliseev had two penalties but prevailed in 50:25.1.
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04.03.2015
IBU World Championships Preview with Martin Fourcade
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The highlight competitions of the 2014-15 biathlon season starts tomorrow here in Kontiolahti. IBU World Championships medals are highly prized awards, second only to those awarded at the Olympic Winter Games.
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