Updated on 01/14/2022 at 06:48 p.m
You can find more winter sports topics hereVanessa Hinz was inconsolable. The second of four runners in the German women’s biathlon relay trudged through the finish area in Ruhpolding with her head hanging down. The warm words of her teammate Denise Herrmann didn’t help either. A penalty loop by the experienced Hinz cost the German women’s relay team the longed-for and possible first podium finish of the Olympic winter at the World Cup home game. After the blackout of the 29-year-old, the quartet of the German Ski Association (DSV) had their sights set on the top of the world with binoculars early on. At least Hinz’s teammates tried to limit the damage over the 4×6 kilometer distance. The quartet with Vanessa Voigt, Hinz, Franziska Hildebrand and Herrmann had to settle for fourth place three weeks before the games in Beijing. After one penalty loop and a total of five spare rounds, the deficit to the sovereign winner France was 1:26.6 minutes. Sweden secured second place ahead of Russia.Also read: Benedikt Doll missed the home win by just a few seconds
Hinz finds no peace at the gun: “I would have preferred to look for a hole”
“I would have preferred to look for a hole and jump in while standing. I can’t explain it. I stand at the stand and only tremble with my legs from the first shot,” Hinz described her fight. “I can’t keep my gun steady for a second,” added the puzzled athlete, and had to admit: “I’m glad I didn’t make five mistakes. I’m brutally sorry for the relay.” Starter Voigt started flawlessly and hit all ten of her shots. The 24-year-old from Thuringia should have earned her place in the Olympic relay. Voigt completes her first full season in the World Cup and proves to be extremely strong with the weapon, so that she can often compensate for weaknesses while running. Just 18 seconds behind gold favorite Norway, she handed it over to Hinz. The three-time world champion had hopes of a top result with a perfect first stage before going to the penalty loop. Even three spare rounds were not enough in standing and the Bavarian, who is still not gaining momentum, dropped back to 16th place. Hinz sent Hildebrand on the track in 15th place.
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Without shooting errors, the 35-year-old brought the relay forward again and can hope for consideration for Beijing. The ex-world champion from Saxony-Anhalt has not yet met the norm, but a nomination would still be possible. Denise Herrmann is preparing for the last shooting as the shooting runner in the German women’s biathlon relay and still finishes fourth in the World Cup race in Ruhpolding. © dpa / Sven Hoppe Final runner Herrmann was more than a minute and a half behind in ninth place and risked everything at the shooting range. Despite two spare rounds, a show of strength on the final lap helped her miss the podium by just 14.4 seconds. Hinz’s successors made up eleven places on the track. There is a chance of making amends individually in the pursuer on Sunday (12:45 p.m.).
Franziska Preuss is sorely missed
The health of Franziska Preuss, who would have been the final runner under normal circumstances, continues to cause concern. For Germany’s best ski hunter, competitions are currently out of the question, said women’s national coach Kristian Mehringer on ZDF. “We hope that things will improve in the next few days, that she can start training,” added Mehringer. Preuss injured his ankle when he fell down the stairs in December and later caught a corona infection. The overall World Cup third place from the previous season was already missing in Oberhof and Ruhpolding. Preuss’s participation in Antholz in the coming week is also considered unlikely. “Franzi is not doing quite so well. She still has problems after the corona infection and is not in training. That’s a shame,” Mehringer regretted.
The German men also hope for a podium finish with the relay
Meanwhile, the men continue their Ruhpolding week on Saturday (2:30 p.m.) with the relay. Erik Lesser, Roman Rees, Benedikt Doll and Philipp Nawrath are aiming for the first German podium of the winter in a team competition over the 4×7.5 kilometers. After the men’s chase race on Sunday (2:45 p.m./all ZDF and Eurosport), the German biathletes travel to the Olympic outfit in Munich on Monday before going to Antholz (20th to 23rd January) for the dress rehearsal. (dpa / SID / hau) News from other regions select federal state Baden-Württemberg Bavaria Berlin Brandenburg Bremen Hamburg Hesse Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Lower Saxony North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland-Palatinate Saarland Saxony Saxony-Anhalt Schleswig-Holstein Thuringia
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