PRESQUE ISLE — Women’s and men’s teams from Germany captured gold medals during the junior relay events at the International Biathlon Union’s Youth/Junior World Championships Friday at the Nordic Heritage Center.
The team of Annika Knoll, Marie Heinrich and Luise Kummer turned in a winning time of 55 minutes, 47.8 seconds with four spare rounds in the 3×6 kilometer relay. The effort was sparked by Kummer, who shot clean, capping an impressive run of 57-of-60 target shooting during the week-long games.
“It is amazing; I really cannot explain it, but I am very happy,” she told www4.biathlonworld.com. “It is so great to end these championships with a medal with your friends; it has been a great, but cold experience here in Presque Isle.”
The Russian team of Evgeniya Pavlova, Victoria Slivko and Uliana Kaisheva placed second, 25.7 seconds back with six spare rounds while the Austrian team of Dunja Zdouc, Susanne Hoffman and Lisa Theresa Hauser captured the bronze, 35.2 seconds back with seven spare rounds.
In the men’s 4×7.5K relay, Philipp Nawrath, Roman Rees, Alexander Ketzer and Matthias Dorfer recorded a time of 1:15:38.4 with 12 spare rounds to give Germany the victory.
The French team of Aristide Begue, Clement Dumont, Dany Chavoutier and Fabien Claude was 52.5 seconds back with eight spare rounds while Russia’s Matvey Eliseev, Eduard Latypov, Ivan Alekhin and Alexander Povarnitsyn finished third in 1:16:39.6 with 17 spare rounds.
The games conclude Saturday with junior women relays at 10 a.m. and junior men relays at 12:30 p.m.