Former world champion Simon Schempp missed the biathlon European championships in Duszniki Zdroj / Poland due to a flu-like infection. As the German Ski Association (DSV) announced, the 32-year-old will be absent from the title fights from Wednesday to Sunday due to illness, as will Anna Weidel from the women. The two-time Olympic runner-up Schempp had lost his place in the German World Cup team after only two appearances in early January and has been fighting for the connection ever since. Due to illness, he was then unable to compete in the IBU Cup in Bavaria. The most prominent female ski hunter in the six-person EM women’s team is Franziska Hildebrand. Among the men, Philipp Horn, Johannes Kühn and Philipp Nawrath have a lot of experience in the World Cup and can still offer themselves for a place at the World Cup in individual, sprint, pursuit and mixed relays. The nomination for the season highlight in Pokljuka (February 10th to 21st) will not take place until next week following the EM, according to the DSV. So far, Arnd Peiffer, Benedikt Doll and Erik Lesser as well as Franziska Preuß, Denise Herrmann, Janina Hettich and Maren Hammerschmidt have met the World Cup norm.
Russian short-tracker Semyon Elistratov won the all-around at the European Championships in Gdansk, Poland. He scored 71 points and topped the overall standings.
Individuals take into account the results that athletes showed at a distance of 500 m, 1000 m, 1500 and 3000 m.The Russian was the best in 1000 and 1500 m races, at a distance of 3000 m he became the fifth, and in 500 m he could not break to the semifinals. But, despite this, he kept the first line in the overall standings table. The second place was taken by the Italian athlete Pietro Siegel, who scored 55 points, and the third – Itzhak de Lat from the Netherlands, he also scored 55 points.
Russian Denis Airapetyan took the fifth line, he scored 35 points, and another representative of the Russian national team, Konstantin Ivliev, was in sixth position, with 34 points.
Russian short tracker became 12-time European champion
As part of the women’s team, Sofya Prosvirnova got into the prize-winners, she took third place in the overall standings, winning the 3000 m race, and won the bronze at the 1500 m distance. Also, the Russian national team could win gold in the relay, but its result was canceled due to a violation: two Russian athletes were on the track at once.
The first place in the overall standings was taken by Suzanne Schütling from the Netherlands, she managed to score 102 points, the second place was taken by the German athlete Anna Seidel, she scored 55 points.
Another representative of the Russian national team, Yekaterina Efremenkova, finished fourth with 29 points, while Evgenia Zakharova finished ninth with five points.
The European Championship will end on January 24th. Seven-time European champion Italian Arianna Fontana refused to participate in the tournament due to fears of contracting the coronavirus. In addition, the British national team refused to participate, including the two-time European champion Eliza Christie.
Johannes Boe, leader of the general classification, crushed the Anterselva mass start on Sunday. Starting alone from the third loop, the Norwegian signed a 19/20 shooting and delivered a demonstration of authority by dominating the event. He is ahead of the French Quentin Fillon Maillet, who thus won a new podium, and the Slovenian Jakov Fak. Discover the summary of the event in video.
Biathlon, Antholz: Franziska Preuss just missed a podium finish at the World Cup dress rehearsal in the mass start over 12.5 kilometers. The 26-year-old was unable to keep up with the French Julia Simon’s second win of the season (3 shooting errors) in the final meters and finished fourth, 9.0 seconds behind.
Preuss, who had disappointed in the individual on Thursday with 33rd place, gained self-confidence with fourth place for the World Championships in Pokljuka (February 10th to 21st). “It’s a bit of a shame that it was fourth place, but I still have to be satisfied,” said Preuss on ZDF.
Vanessa Hinz came to the last shooting in the leading group, but with four mistakes she fell back to 18th place and lost the norm (once in the top 8 or twice in the top 15) for the individual starts at the championships in Slovenia. Denise Herrmann experienced a fiasco, after four mistakes in the first standing stage and a total of six penalty loops, she landed in 26th place (+2: 36.8 minutes). Marion Deigentesch had sensationally qualified for the mass start as eleventh in the individual and was only a good 19th in her fifth World Cup race with a shooting error, Janina Hettich (3) took 21st place.
Soccer, 2nd Bundesliga: The promotion favorite Hamburger SV has secured the first round championship after a race to catch up. Coach Daniel Thioune’s team won at Eintracht Braunschweig 4: 2 (1: 2) after a 2-0 deficit and increased their lead over their closest rival VfL Bochum (who plays at SV Sandhausen on Sunday) to four points. Felix Kroos (10th) and Marcel Bär (42nd) had brought the hosts, who are still in the table cellar, in the lead. David Kinsombi (45th + 2 / 65th), top scorer Simon Terodde (51st) and Aaron Hunt (59th) were successful for HSV, which scored 19 of the possible 21 points from the last seven games.
Ski alpin, Kitzbühel: The weather has shaken up the program of the Alpine World Cup competitions in Kitzbühel a little. The classic Hahnenkamm descent on the Streif, which was canceled on Saturday morning due to rain, snowfall, fog and the piste conditions, is now to be rescheduled on Sunday (10:20 a.m.). The Super-G will be postponed to Monday (10.45 a.m.).
“Due to the current weather situation and the associated condition of the slopes, the jury decided to cancel today’s downhill race”, announced the International Ski Federation FIS and the organizers on Saturday morning. The Streif had already been affected by the high temperatures on Friday, and the rain made the conditions even worse.
“It rained up to the local mountain in the night and started to snow”, reported the German men’s head coach Christian Schwaiger. It was therefore difficult for the organizers “after yesterday’s warm day” to prepare the slope ready for a race. Schwaiger called it a “relatively sensible decision” to cancel the race.
Ski alpin, Crans-Montana: Kira Weidle suffered a damper on Saturday’s second descent in Crans-Montana. In the renewed victory of the Italian Sofia Goggia, the Starnberg woman only finished 16th, 1.56 seconds behind. Her strong performance on Friday when she was fifth was not confirmed by the only German starter in Switzerland this weekend. For Olympic champion Goggia it was the fourth success in the fifth downhill of this season. Second was the Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami (+0.27), third Goggia’s compatriot Elena Curtoni (+0.60). On Sunday there is another super G in Crans-Montana.
The German women have already secured a relay victory in Oberhof. In Antholz it was now the turn of the gentlemen, but Benedikt Doll failed his strength.
The last season was unhappy for the German biathletes. In Oberhof it was only enough for fifth place. Things should go better in Antholz this Saturday.
It started with Roman Rees instead of Philipp Horn. It was just not enough for the podium. The German team reached fourth place (+54.4). France won the race (22.214.171.124), Norway (+0.8) was the second nation to cross the finish line. Russia came in third (+50.8).
Lesser with speed and brilliant performance
Erik Lesser was the first German to take to the track and set the pace right from the start. He positioned himself behind the Norwegian Sturla Holm Laegreid and the Swede Peppe Femling. Lesser stumbled shortly before approaching the shooting range, but recovered. He made the first shooting while lying down without any mistakes and was the first to go back on the track. After him the Russian Anton Babikov, followed by the Austrian David Komatz.
Lesser and Babikov were even able to make up time on the track and ran out a lead before the second stop. Despite the thick fog, Lesser was able to hold its own further ahead. While Babikov made it through the second shooting without a mistake, Lesser had to reload once and went on the trail in second place. On the route, the Norwegian Laegreid overtook the duo, Lesser handed over to Roman Rees in second.
Lesser afterwards on the ARD: “My job is done by then. It was a little hazy, but you saw the windows.”
Rees in Top-Form
Rees was able to hold onto second position, made the first prone stop without errors and returned to the track in second behind the Russian Matwei Eliseev. Close behind was the Norwegian Johannes Dale, who overtook Rees shortly afterwards. There were battles for positions on the track, Rees tried to keep up.
The German had to reload once in standing shooting, but the competition failed too. Dale went to the penalty loop. Rees came third behind the Italians Tommaso Giacomel and Eliseev on the trail. He handed over to Arnd Peiffer as third.
Rees after his performance: “I like running in the team, I like the one on one.”
Peiffer can build on top performance
Peiffer drove confidently to his first attack, coming in second behind the Russian Alexander Loginov. The Russian made no mistake, as did the French Simon Desthieux, Peiffer and the Italian Thomas Bormolini.
Loginov showed nerves in the second shooting and had to go into the lap, he came back on track in fourth. Desthieux seized the opportunity as the new leader, followed by Peiffer and Bormolini. Peiffer fought his way up to the French and gave in second and with a top performance to Benedikt Doll.
Peiffer on ARD: “It was a solid race. I can live with a spare.”
Doll had to prove himself against French Jaquelin
Doll had to prove himself to be the final runner and deal with the pressure. Right at the beginning he fought a running duel with the French Emilien Jacquelin. The Norwegian Johannes Thingnes Bø was also able to catch up and suddenly was at the forefront.
Bø and the Russian Eduard Latypov made it through prone without any mistakes, Jacquelin and Doll had to reload once. An advantage for the strong Norwegian who got a head start. Suddenly Doll could no longer hold on to the top troops, he was beaten behind.
He had to reload twice during the second shooting. Because Latypov also failed, Doll got another chance on the podium. However, the German biathlete looked completely powerless and exhausted. In the end it was only fourth place.
The Russian hockey player broke the record of Mark Messier, who scored 100 points in 74 matches in the 1991/92 season
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The Rangers striker is the fastest in the history of a National Hockey League (NHL) team to score 100 points in the regular season. The Russian took 73 matches for this, reports league press service.
Panarin broke the record of Mark Messier. In the 1991/92 season, the Canadian scored 100 points in 74 matches.
The Russian forward has set a record in an NHL away match against Pittsburgh. The meeting ended with the defeat of the Rangers in a shootout with a score of 3: 4.
In the game against Pittsburgh Panarin in the second period provided an assist to Adam Fox. Philip Hetil and Kaapo Kakko also scored in the team.
Brian Rust, Jared McCann and Theodore Blugers scored in the home team. The assist was chalked up by the Russian Evgeny Malkin. The winner of the shootout was Chris Letang.
In just four games of the season, Panarin scored five points. He scored two goals and assisted partners three times.
In July 2019, Panarin signed a seven-season deal with the Rangers with an average salary of $ 11.6 million per season, the highest in the team. Previously, the Russian played in the NHL for Chicago and Columbus.
According to the results of the last regular season, Panarin was recognized as the most valuable player of the Rangers. He became the first hockey player in 28 years to receive this prize in his debut season with the team. In 1992, Messier was named the Rangers’ most valuable player.
Panarin’s two assists did not save the Rangers from defeat to New Jersey
The Russian forward became the third scorer of the last regular season. On account of his 95 points (32 goals and 63 assists).
Panarin was also nominated for the most valuable player of the season in the NHL. Voted by the Professional Ice Hockey Journalists’ Association, he finished third, behind winner Leon Dreisatl of Edmonton and Nathan MacKinnon of Colorado.
The German biathletes disappointed at the World Cup dress rehearsal and clearly missed the podium. Olympic champion Arnd Peiffer became the best athlete of the German Ski Association (DSV) in eleventh place at the World Cup in Antholz in the individual over 20 km when the Russian Alexander Loginow won after two shooting errors. Roman Rees (2 shooting errors) and Johannes Kühn (3) just missed the World Cup norm three weeks before the title fights in Pokljuka (February 10-21) in 16th and 18th place. At the mass start over 15 km on Sunday (3:05 p.m. / ZDF and Eurosport) there is the last chance to secure your ticket for the World Cup. Benedikt Doll experienced a disappointment with five shooting errors. Despite the second best mileage, it was only enough for 26th place. Even Philipp Horn could not rehabilitate himself after his error festival in the Oberhof season. After four shooting errors, he finished 30th. After four errors, three of them in the last shooting, veteran Erik Lesser had to be content with 48th. In the only individual race of the winter in Kontiolahti so far, Lesser (32) came third. Loginow won after a flawless performance in 48: 41.8 minutes ahead of Sturla Holm Lägreid (2 / + 58.5) and Quentin Fillot Maillet from France (2 / + 1: 10.6) on Saturday (13.10 and 15.05) The women’s mass start over 12.5 km and the men’s relay over 4×7.5 km are planned. On Sunday, the women’s relay over 4×6 km and the men’s mass start conclude the dress rehearsal for the World Cup.
Janina Hettich narrowly missed a podium position with the last shot at the World Cup dress rehearsal in Antholz in the individual over 15 kilometers. With one mistake, however, the 24-year-old took a strong fifth place. For Hettich, it was the best World Cup result of her career when Austrian Lisa Theresa Hauser won her maiden victory, making her the strongest athlete in the German Ski Association (DSV).
Vanessa Hinz fulfilled half of the World Cup norm in twelfth after two mistakes. At the mass start on Saturday (1:10 p.m. / ZDF and Eurosport) over 12.5 km, the 2020 vice world champion now has the last chance to qualify for the individual races at the World Cup in Pokljuka. Marion Deigentesch (1) presented herself surprisingly strong at her first World Cup start of the winter with eleventh place.
In contrast, Franziska Preuss experienced a slight crash after her soaring flight from Oberhof. With four penalties, the 26-year-old, most recently second in the mass start, landed on a disappointing 33rd place. Denise Herrmann, who was second in the only individual race of the winter in Kontiolahti, finished 17th after four misses with the best mileage.
Hauser, most recently third in Oberhof, secured her first World Cup success after a shooting error in 42: 29.3 minutes ahead of Julija Dschyma from Ukraine (0 / + 43.7) and Anais Chevalier-Bouchet from France (1 / + 1 : 04.0). Hettich was 1: 23.9 minutes behind.
On Friday (1:15 p.m. / ZDF and Eurosport) the men’s individual race over 20 kilometers is on the program. On Saturday (3:05 p.m.), in addition to the women’s mass start, the men’s relay over 4×7.5 kilometers is planned. The women’s relay over 4×6 kilometers and the men’s mass start over 15 kilometers conclude the dress rehearsal on Sunday (12.45 and 15.05).
Due to WADA sanctions, the national team competes at the championship in Egypt under the flag of the Russian Handball Federation
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Photo: press service of the Russian Handball Federation
The Russian men’s national team lost to the Egyptian team in the opening match of the main round of the World Handball Championship with a score of 23:28. The match took place in the Egyptian capital Cairo.
For Russian handball players, the defeat was the first in the tournament. Earlier in the preliminary round, the team defeated Slovenia (31:25) and South Korea (30:26), and also drew with Belarus (32:32).
In the table of group 4, which takes into account the results of the preliminary round, the Russians occupy fourth place with three points. They are outstripped by the national teams of Egypt, Sweden and Slovenia, which have four points each.
Until the end of the main round, the Russian national team will play with North Macedonia and Sweden. The matches will take place on January 22 and 24, respectively. The two strongest teams will advance to the quarterfinals from the group.
In connection with the sanctions of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Russian athletes will compete at the Olympic Games and World Championships without a national flag and anthem until December 16, 2022.
The Russian national team won the second victory at the World Handball Championship
At the World Championship in Egypt, Russian handball players perform under the name “Team of the Russian Handball Federation” (FGR). The national team plays under the flag of the national federation, which is a white cloth with the FGR logo without inscriptions. The anthem of the International Handball Federation is played before the team’s matches.
Franziska Preuß finally had enough time for the mascot in Oberhof. The snowman with the green cap waved eagerly at her, Preuss waved back, she was still in the finish corridor of the relay race and could already let everything around her sink in. “It was really nice that you could enjoy it and look to the left and right,” said the 26-year-old. Well, in earlier years, thousands of spectators would have cheered from the stands, so her eyes had to fix on those who were allowed to be there: cameramen, coaches, officials, mascots. And of course the teammates: They ran up to them cheering.
Final runner Preuss was able to slow down as the leader of the relay race on Saturday afternoon, this time there was no cracking up to the end, no desperate attempts to explain, no quarreling with one’s own performance. And also in the mass start on Sunday Preuss got herself more happy with a second place, on the final lap she only had to admit defeat to French Julia Simon. “It felt very dramatic in my body,” said the German on ARD about the duel, “but I’m really happy now.” A smiling face after two weeks in Oberhof, it couldn’t have ended much better in the Thuringian Forest.
The radiance of the German biathletes could be seen on Saturday even through the FFP2 masks, Vanessa Hinz, Janina Hettich, Denise Herrmann and Preuß had only achieved five spare rounds – a success that gave them courage, all too often they had already lost it came. “It’s really so good that everything just went well,” said Preuss, “everyone is soaking up that now.” They didn’t even know the feeling of being at the top from this winter. And if you want, you can see a small emancipation in this season victory.
Franziska Preuß also benefits from valuable tips from her friend Simon Schempp
Oberhof’s success is the first of a German women’s relay after the resignation of Laura Dahlmeier, the last time it was enough for the podium almost two years ago, in 2019 at the World Cup in Canmore. “It used to be almost normal for us to be on the podium. Now it’s a real honor because everyone else has become so strong,” said Vanessa Hinz, who alone has five World Championship medals from relay races at home. How big the international competition has become could be seen from the podium: The women from Belarus came in second, ahead of the Swedes; Norway and France screwed up their own chances with two penalties each. If the series winners from Norway stumble – and they do that every now and then – there are many other opportunities.
Starting runner Hinz had so far experienced a winter to forget, the World Cup second in the individual in Antholz has not yet reached 18th place due to running deficits. But she mastered her job in the season with the usual confidence, handing over to Janina Hettich as third. The 24-year-old needed three spare rounds standing, Denise Herrmann made up places from fifth and handed over to Preuss in second place. Final runner Preuss? Yes, the balance of power in the German team has changed.
The number one in the team is right now Preuss, not Herrmann. She finished in the top ten eight times this winter, two of them on the podium. She is safer at the gun than Herrmann, a born high-speed shooter anyway. Above all, however, she was able to improve her running times, in the summer Preuss resumed work with her former trainer Tobias Reiter. She got a little preparation for her new position in the relay from her friend Simon Schempp, who in previous years often brought the men’s races to the finish line victorious.
“I have a hot line to a professional final runner who gave me one or two tips,” said Preuss, “he told me that I absolutely deserved to be the final runner today my achievements. That did me brutally good. That’s how I approached the matter. ” On her last visit to the shooting range, she showed stable nerves: While the Belarusian Elena Kruchinkina needed two spare rounds next to her, Preuss sank all the targets. “There is a lot falling off,” said discipline trainer Florian Steirer, relieved after the success: “The victory is balm for the soul.”
On the Birxsteig, Preuss even managed to get to the top – but Julia Simon countered
The first week in Oberhof had passed for the German Ski Association with placings beyond the podium, in the second they were more competitive: third place for Arnd Peiffer in the sprint and fourth place for Erik Lesser; In the mass start on Sunday, Lesser moved up to eighth place after a penalty loop in the last shooting had given him a better result. After all, it was the women who had to torture their way up the Birxsteig one last time in their mass start. Despite two penalty loops, Preuss ran for victory, even plowed past Simon on the notorious climb – but the Frenchwoman struck back. “It was still a nice race, even if it was really tough,” said Preuss. The outlook for the World Cup in Pokljuka in Slovenia in February has brightened.