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Mastered the first pressure situations


Three Werdenfels biathletes were able to convince in the qualifying races. The result: David Zobel and Juliane Frühwirt start in the World Cup, Selina Grotian can already compete in the IBU Cup at the age of 18.

Three Werdenfels biathletes were able to convince in the qualifying races.

The result: David Zobel and Juliane Frühwirt start in the World Cup, Selina Grotian can already compete in the IBU Cup at the age of 18.

Kontiolahti/Idre Fjall –

The start of the World Cup is not until today, but the biathletes have already had their first pressure situation behind them.

Because for some of them it was first of all to qualify for the first international competitions.

The athletes were divided into two groups.

For one it was about the starting places in the World Cup in Vuokatti, Finland, for the other in Obertilliach (Austria) about the qualification for the IBU Cup.

Then there was three pieces of good news to report from Werdenfelser: David Zobel and Juliane Frühwirt secured a place in the World Cup team for the start in Kontiolahti (Finland).

In addition, Selina Grotian from SC Mittenwald overshot the mark.

She was so convincing that the just 18-year-old is now allowed to start at the first IBU Cup in Idre Fjall (Sweden).

A really cool feeling.

I've never shot four times zero."

David Zobel

“You may have run 100 races, but the first of the season is always something special.

The pressure was enormous.

I couldn't really sleep before," says Zobel.

It was also noticeable for the SC Partenkirchen biathletes in the first qualifying competition in Vuokatti.

In the sprint prone, he misjudged the wind and shot three tickets.

Meant seventh place for him in a team-internal comparison.

After that it was clear: It wasn't enough for the World Cup, the German team only had six places available - with eight contenders.

So Zobel had to convince in the second race.

And he did it impressively.

The man from Murnau dominated the pursuer – he ran out of the sprint without losing any time – and grabbed first place in front of established forces like Benedikt Doll and Johannes Kühn.


By firing 20 shots and leaving 20 white discs.

"That was amazing.

A really cool feeling.

I've never had four clean sheets before.” The 26-year-old thus mastered his first pressure situation of the season and is allowed to start in the individual World Cup in Kontiolahti today.

"It's amazing that I've been there from the start this year."


Back on track: Juliane Frühwirt convinced in qualifying.

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Early host preparation from a single source

Is also early host successful - after a similar course as Zobel.

The 24-year-old also failed the first part of qualifying in the sand or in the snow.

"I was already a bit tense anyway, and then I threw up too," says Frühwirt.

Not only that, but a piece of the butt of her rifle broke off.

But she also used her second chance with flying colors.

Ten shots and ten goals meant Frühwirt came second behind Vanessa Voigt and thus the ticket for Kontiolahti.

Already in the previous season she was allowed to start at the World Cup opener, but botched her performance and afterwards found herself in the IBU Cup for a long time.

It should be different this time.

“My summer preparation was much more of a piece.

I was already able to keep up with the competition at the Summer World Championships and German Championships, I didn't just take part.” Now she feels the “tingling sensation” again before she can compete with the best in the world.


Competes with the adults: Selina Grotian.

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Grotian is allowed to start as a junior in the IBU Cup

Selina Grotian will not compete with the best in her age group.


Because the national coaches think that Mittenwalderin is capable of even more.

Grotian competes in Idre Fjall in the IBU Cup.

Mind you: not in the junior class, but in the senior class.

The 18-year-old from SC Mittenwald took second place in both qualifying races in Obertilliach – seniors and juniors started together.

The national coaches then approached Grotian and Bernhard Kröll (base coach Kaltenbrunn) with the question of whether they would like to start in the second division straight away.

"A year ago I would have decided differently.

But now it would have been the wrong sign,” explains Kröll.

Grotian already proved last season that she can assert herself at international level.

Tim Grotian and Hanna Kebinger miss qualification

Her brother Tim Grotian didn't succeed.

In Obertilliach his old problem came to light again.

The 24-year-old just doesn't reach his potential on the shooting range.

Hanna Kebinger is also missing from the IBU Cup team.

The girl from Grainau had shown a strong early form in the days before.

But when it came down to it, Kebinger collapsed on the cross-country ski run.

“We were very optimistic.

But since then Hanna has also been lying flat with an infection.

Maybe it was because of that,” Kröll suspects.

The only way left for both of them is to re-impose themselves with strong performances in the Germany and Austria Cup.

Source: merkur

All sports articles on 2022-11-29

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