PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Luise Kummer of Germany was perfect in her shooting for the second competition in a row and clocked a time of 36 minutes, 24 seconds on Wednesday to claim the gold medal in the Junior Women’s 12.5-Kilometer competition at the International Biathlon Union Youth/Junior World Championships being held at the Nordic Heritage Center.
Competitors again dealt with temperatures that struggled to get above 10 degrees and even colder wind chills. Race organizers pushed the start of both 12.5K races back by an hour in an effort to have slightly warmer weather.
Kummer, who previously had won a silver medal in Sunday’s Junior Pursuit, finished ahead of runner-up Lisa Theresa Hauser of Austria, who had a final time of 36:43.4 after only one shooting penalty. Uliana Kiasheva of Russia wound up third in 37:21.4, followed by countrywoman Victoria Slivko (38:37.8) and Chloe Chevalier of France (38:45.8).
“I expected it, so I spent the waiting time with some of the other girls having some fun,” Kummer told www4.biathlonworld.com. “The wind was not so strong as some of the other days … I prepared well for these competitions and hoped for these good results.”
Tore Leren of Norway also claimed his second medal of the world championships when he won Wednesday’s Junior Men 12.5K race. He incurred two penalties to wind up with a time of 42:29.3.
That was only one second better than runner-up Aristide Begue of France, who had a clean round of shooting to finish in 42:30.3. Dany Chavoutier of France captured third place in 43:13.2, followed by Tomas Vojik of the Czech Republic (43:21.2) and Martin Femsteinevik of Norway (43:42.7).
Leren, who had won the silver medal in the Sprint, trailed Begue by 17 seconds as Begue started the last 3K loop. However, Leren prevailed.
“My coaches told me that Begue was four seconds ahead going up the final hill but, luckily, I was still able to win,” Leren said.
He said he was not bothered by the frigid conditions.
“I am from Norway and I am used to this kind of weather,” he said.
Thursday’s races at the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships will include the Youth Women’s 3x6K relay and the Youth Men’s 3×7.5K relays.