Denise Herrmann narrowly missed bronze in the 7.5 km sprint at the Biathlon World Championships in Antholz despite an excellent mileage. The 31-year-old from Oberwiesenthal made three shooting mistakes in difficult wind conditions and had to make do with fifth place despite a strong final round. The podium was 9.2 seconds short, and Marte Olsbu Röiseland became world champion. The Norwegian triumphed after a shooting error in 21: 13.1 minutes ahead of the surprisingly strong Susan Dunklee (USA / 0 shooting error / 6.8 seconds back) and the Czech Lucie Charvatova (1 / 21.3). Röiseland had already won the mixed relay with Norway, the German team had a disappointing fourth place at the start – because Herrmann had blundered in the shooting.
Thanks to her very good placement in the sprint, Herrmann secured a great starting position for the pursuer on Sunday (1:00 p.m.) over 10 km. She won the title a year ago in Östersund, and the favored Norwegian Tiril Eckhoff had a bad black day with six mistakes in the sprint. Franziska Preuss from Haag (2 / 40.8) took a good eighth place. Vanessa Hinz (Schliersee / 2 / 49.5) was 14th. On Saturday (2:45 p.m.) Benedikt Doll challenged Johannes Thingnes Bö in the sprint over 10 km high-flyer. He hopes "for a weakness" of the Norwegian, says the 29-year-old, "if he does a perfect race, he is actually almost invincible." In addition to Doll, Johannes Kühn also drew attention to himself in third place in the sprint this winter , Seasoned Arnd Peiffer has not yet been able to convince over the 10 km.