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Denise Herrmann-Wick hit an exclamation point last weekend before the Biathlon World Championships.
Denise Herrmann-Wick hit an exclamation point last weekend before the Biathlon World Championships. © IMAGO/Nils Koepke

Biathlete Denise Herrmann-Wick won the pursuit in Antholz. It is her second World Cup victory this season.

Antholz – Olympic biathlon champion Denise Herrmann-Wick has impressively backed up her title ambitions with less than three weeks to go before the World Championships on home soil. The 34-year-old celebrated her second victory of the season in the World Cup pursuit in Antholz. After ten kilometres, Hermann-Wick was 11.0 seconds ahead of Italian Lisa Vittozzi (2 penalties), third was Sweden’s Elvira Öberg (2/+17.2).

Most recently, Herrmann-Wick won the Hochfilzen sprint in early December. In Antholz, despite two penalties, he improved from sixth to first, it was the tenth World Cup win of his career.

Hannah Kebinger (1/+1:19.6) achieved a career best result of tenth in only her second race of the season, Janina Hettich-Walz (4/+1:26.7) confirmed her strong sprint in twelfth . Sophia Schneider (4/+1:59.8) was again 21, Vanessa Voigt (2/+2:18.4) was 25.

Former world champion relay Franziska Preuss (3/+3:12.1) improved four places to 34th in the second part of her World Cup return. Vanessa Hinz, who finished third in the Olympic relay in Beijing, missed the Antholz races again due to illness and is still waiting for her World Cup season debut.

Finally, on Sunday (11:45 a.m./ZDF and Eurosport) there is a 4×6 km relay. More recently, the quartet of Anna Weidel, Voigt, Schneider and Herrmann-Wick finished second at their home World Cup in Ruhpolding. (IDS)

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