Alexander Loginov – champion of pursuits

Despite two penalties Alexander Loginov of Russia finished first in the men’s pursuit in 31:15.0. Behind Loginov, second place went to yesterday’s winner Alexey Slepov with one penalty, 40.2 seconds behind. Florian Graf of Germany finished third with two penalties, 2:34.6 back.

Fourth place went to the most titled athlete in the history of the IBU YJWCH and still a junior competitor Igor Malinovskii, who with the only clean shooting in the field moved from the 26th position, finishing just 3 seconds behind the German. Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen finished fifth with four penalties, 3:03.5 back. The Norwegian was confidently holding third place until the final standing, where he missed three times. Still, that was more than enough to finish the season with the Big Chrystal Globe in his hands. Nikita Porshnev of Russia took sixth place despite five penalties, 3:11.8 behind.

Starting from the first prone, where Loginov shot fast and clean, the Russian took an early advantage and was never challenged by the others. During the whole competition, he was followed by Slepov, who shot better, but was not as fast as Loginov. It seemed like the third place was in Christiansen’s pocket and he would not give away his medal. For the last standing, he came with a big gap from the Russians, but with a confident lead over the rivals. He missed three times and it was enough for Graf, who shot clean, to overtake the Norwegian and to grab the last podium spot of the season.

After taking the Bronze medal, Graf announced the finish of his career. “Today was my last race. I am finishing my biathlon career, so I am happy about my third place and that my last competition went so good”.

Besides Graf, today was also Jean-Guillaume Beatrix’s final race. The French Olympic medalist was given a reindeer ride of honor accompanied by the cheers of the crowd.

 

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