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Guigonnat Secured France’s Win
Antonin Guigonnat’s fast and clean last shooting secured win for France in the single mixed relay. Anais Chevalier had sent Guigonnat in the first place to the last loop, and Guigonnat delivered a winning performance.
France, with winning time of 33:29.1, was 2.4 seconds faster than Austria’s duo Lisa Hauser and Julian Eberhard. Norway’s Marte Olsbu and Johannes Bö had a disappointing race, one penalty lap and 11 missed shots, and so one of the favorite teams was left third, 4.4 seconds behind France.
In Chevalier’s opinion it was a very good race for the two of them, even though she was a little bit worried about Guigonnat’s prone shooting. But his strong standing position shooting was a huge relief.
-I was very afraid of Johannes (Bö) as I saw him, but I didn’t see Julian (Hauser). I started with maximum speed to stay ahead, Guigonnat explained his thoughts when attacking the last loop.
Guigonnat added that he and Chevalier didn’t have any kind of strategy for the race; they just tried to do their best.
Hauser has become a mixed relay specialist: five times on podium in five races. She couldn’t explain her great record, but she said she just enjoys the race and all the different elements of it.
-It was really exciting, and I was so happy. My partner is really fast, and he did a really great job today, Hauser mentioned about the last loop of the race.
As for Eberhard, he left the last shooting ramp fourth.
-Nobody wants to be fourth. So I attacked. I competed with Bö next to me, so there was some extra power. That was the key, I think, he said.
Eberhard felt he was out of gas after the race, but he was hopeful he’ll be fine by tomorrow and 15K mass start.
Text: Varpu Sihvonen
Photo: Piia Kinnunen