International Biathlon Union’s Executive Board held meeting on 3.6.2018 in Austria and decided World Cup organizers for season 2019-2020. Kontiolahti will host World Cup during 9.-15.3.2020. Originally planned IBU cup was removed to Minsk, Belarus. Kontiolahti is not hosting World Cup during season 2018-2019. Information about the decision will available at International Biathlon Union’s website.

Biathlon World Cup Kontiolahti offered six competitions in four days earning recognition for the atmosphere as well as the organizational matters. The Event was attended by 23 000 spectators, with the biggest crowd on the final day. The mass starts on Sunday were cheered on the spot by 8300 spectators. In the organizing work by

Vanessa Hinz of Germany was the surprise winner of women’s 12.5K mass start with a perfect record. She hit all the shots and crossed the finish line first at 35:47.9. Up until the last shooting it was a three-way race between Hinz, Lisa Vittozzi of Italy and Anais Chevalier of France. They were perfect through

After the last shooting it looked like it was for France’s Martin Fourcade and Russia’s Anton Shipulin to decide the winner of 15K mass start. But Austrian Julian Eberhard disagreed. He left the shooting ramp 17 seconds behind Fourcade, but he crossed the finish line first at 30:04.8, 6.9 seconds ahead of Fourcade. Shipulin stumbled

The last uphill before the stadium, the Wall, played a huge role in the mixed relay. Italy, Ukraine, Norway and Russia climbed the hill side by side, and one by one they had to give up. Except Italy’s Lukas Hofer. He was the strongest of them, and he crossed the finish line first at 1:15:08.3.

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

Darya Domracheva of Belarus had a strong finish and dashed to victory in women’s 7,5K sprint competition. Domracheva was third, 17.5 seconds behind Germany’s Franziska Hildebrand, after the second shooting with one missed shot from the standing position. Italy’s Lisa Vittozzi was second at that point. But then Domracheva was more flying than skiing the

Russia’s Anton Shipulin hit all the ten targets and was something of a stunner in men’s 10K sprint competition in Biathlon World cup Event in Kontiolahti. He finished the race at 23:51.6 minutes and beat Latvia’s Andrejs Rastorgujevs by 5.8 seconds. Third was France’s Quentin Fillon Maillet, 17.3 seconds behind Shipulin. Both Rastorgujevs and Fillon

The Athletes of the Finnish National Team wish that there were support at the trackside and Stadium during their home World Cup. They believe also other nationalities share their wish. In the Olympics the spectators were not allowed to go to the trackside and therefore the atmosphere was a bit lame there. – I noticed

This year Kontiolahti Biathlon World Cup takes steps towards more environmentally responsible event organization. The initiative was first taken by the event management, as last year’s Joensuu-Jukola orienteering relay provided easy examples where to start. Environmentally responsible solutions in Kontiolahti include new recycling efforts in marked recycling points, using recycled materials in decoration, plastic-free dishes,

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