Latvian women’s biathlon leader Baiba Bendika finished 49th in Austria on Sunday in the 10-kilometer distance of the World Cup, where he made seven shooting mistakes.
The winner was Norwegian Marte Olsbi Reiselanna, who, despite measuring two penalty laps, was the fastest with a finish in 29 minutes and 4.6 seconds, which allowed her to take the lead in the overall World Cup standings. Second place winner Belarusian Dinara Alimbekava shot flawlessly and was 13.9 seconds behind in the finish, but the place on the bottom step of the podium was earned by French biathlete Gilles Simon, who hid three penalty laps, 17.8 seconds behind the winner.
Bendika started shooting in the first line of fire with a fault, but continued with four accurate hits. In the second shooting, Bendika closed all the targets, but the third line of fire was less successful, after which he had to measure two penalty laps, the Latvian retreating to the 34th place. Four more targets remained unnoticed in the last shooting range, denying hopes of entering the TOP 40 to replenish the stock of points.
Bendika was four minutes and 42.6 seconds behind the winner.
According to the place in the sprint on Friday, Bendika started in the 20th position 57 seconds behind the leader Alimbekava. Baibai’s sprint in Hohfilzen was the first race of the season, as she missed the first two stages in Finland due to infection with Covid-19.
At the end of the third stage of the season on Sunday at The men’s relay will start at 14.50, where Latvia will also be represented. The relay can be seen live on replay.lv.
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