The best result of the Polish relay in 12 years

The best result of the Polish relay in 12 years

The best result of the Polish relay in 12 years

The tricolors were among the favorites of Sunday’s struggle, largely because their most dangerous rivals – the Norwegians – did not decide to field the strongest team. The victory of the French is mainly due to two figures. In the first leg, Fabien Claude had an advantage of over half a minute, while the third stage belonged to Anais Chevalier-Bouchet, who regained the lead after Quentin Fillon Maillet ran the penalty round. With World Cup leader Julia Simon on the last stage, the French team could already celebrate their ninth victory in the mixed relay at a World Cup event.

France won with an advantage of 28 seconds over the relay team of Italy. Didier Bionaz, Tommaso Giacomel, Dorothea Wierer and Lisa Vittozzi, unlike the winners, avoided the penalty round, but turned out to be weaker on the route. Giacomel will leave Pokljuka with beautiful memories. After two great individual starts on Sunday, he recorded the best time of his stage. This meant that Lisa Vittozzi had enough margin over Elvira Oeberg in the final stages and the Swede had to be content with only third place. The culprit of such a scenario was Martin Ponsiluoma, who was running the penalty round in a prone position. The other members of the Swedish team – Jesper Nelin, Mona Brorsson and the aforementioned Oeberg – had much better sights, as they only missed once in total.

It was a successful day for the Swiss national team. After the third place in the super-mix, the mixed relay of this country was also in the forefront, and the phenomenal finish of Lena Haecki-Gross will remain in the memory of the fans for a long time. The Swiss seemed to be in a losing position, and yet she overtook Denise Herrmann-Wick with the last of her strength, pushing the German team to fifth place.

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