PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Estelle Mougel, Julia Simon and Lena Arnaud of France recorded a time of 59 minutes, 32.8 seconds to edge Russia and capture the gold medal in the 3×6 kilometer youth women’s relay Thursday at the International Biathlon Union Youth/Junior World Championships at the Nordic Heritage Center.
They used four spare rounds in the biathlon event, which combines cross country skiing and target shooting.
The Russian team of Maria Ivanova, Tamara Voronina and Liliya Davletshina finished second with seven spare rounds, while the Austrian team of Julia Schwaiger, Susana Kurzthaler and Simone Kupfner placed third, 32.7 seconds back with nine spare rounds.
It was another cold night in Presque Isle, but a morning sun enabled the competition to begin on time after the start was delayed an hour on Tuesday and Wednesday. More than 200 children from area schools turned out to watch the competition.
In the 3×7.5K youth men’s relay, the Russian team of Yaroslav Kostyukov, Dmitri Shamaev and Viktor Plitcev captured the gold medal with a time of 59:18.9 with nine spare rounds. The Russians dominated the event as the second-place team of Alex Dupuis, Aidan Millar and Jules Burnotte was 2:10.2 back with 10 spare rounds.
“Even though we had such a big lead, I was extremely nervous on the last loop; I really do not know why,” Plitcev told www4.biathlonworld.com.
Finland’s team of Olli Jaakkola, Teemu Huhtala and Mikko Loukkaanhuhta finished third, 2:13.9 back with 14 extra rounds.