World Cup opener in Kontiolahti – strong 5th place in women’s relay – men disappoint – Sports


  • In the biathlon relay competition in Kontiolahti, Finland, the Swiss women finished in a strong 5th place.
  • The men fell short of expectations and are ranked 18th.

The 3 Swiss women had already scored World Cup points in the individual competition on Wednesday, and in the relay the team underlined their good form at the beginning of the season. Amy Baserga, Elisa Gasparin, Aita Gasparin and Lena Häcki-Gross had a very good 5th place in the 4x6km.

Finalist Häcki-Gross missed the podium by more than a minute. Switzerland, on the other hand, was more than a minute behind sixth-placed Finland and the rest of the competition. With a total of 8 spare parts, the shooter still had room for improvement.

Biathlon start in SRF


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Follow all the World Cup matches from Kontiolahti in Finland live on SRF zwei or Sport App via live streaming:

  • saturday10.40am: Men’s Sprint – 1.40pm: Women’s Sprint
  • sunday12.10pm: Men’s Chase – 2.10pm: Women’s Chase

The victory went to the Olympic champions from Sweden. Elvira Öberg, the runner of the final, crossed the finish line 36 seconds earlier than her opponent. Germany defeated Norway in the duel for second place.

Only 18th place for men

After Niklas Hartweg’s sensational 2nd place in the season opener on Tuesday, the Swiss men’s relay team failed to repeat the feat of their team leader. In the 4×7.5 km distance, she took a disappointing 18th and third last place, 5 minutes behind the podium.

Joscha Burkhalter and Sebastian Stalder started at the end of the field. Hartweg and anchor Jeremy Finello could have left Kazakhstan and Moldova for better shooting performances.

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At the top, the biggest favorite, Norway, showed no weakness. The victory was won by the winner of the World Relay Cup of the last 5 seasons, also thanks to the excellent performances of brothers Johannes Thingnes and Tarjei Bö on the cross-country ski course. Germany was 44 seconds behind the second place, and France took the podium.

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