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Bendika finished 75th in the sprint at the biathlon World Cup

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Latvian biathlete Baiba Bendika Photograph: Reuters/Scanpix

At the Oslo World Cup on Saturday, Latvian athlete Baiba Bendika was 75th and Annija Keita Sabule was 102nd in the biathlon 7.5-kilometer sprint, while German representative Denizize Hermane-Vika took the first place.

Bendika made three mistakes while shooting standing in the wind, Hermane-Vika lost 2 minutes 46.5 seconds.

In the competition where 104 biathletes participated, Sabule made two mistakes in the prone shot and one error in the standing shot and became 102nd, four minutes and 41.6 seconds behind the winner.

Beating Swedish Hanna Eberja by 3.5 seconds and another Swedish biathlete Anna Magnusson by 33.1 seconds, Hermane-Vika won this discipline throughout the season and secured the small crystal ball in the farewell season.

The top four female biathletes and five out of the top six shot flawlessly.

Hermane-Vika has amassed 400 points in the sprint in seven competitions of the season. Italian biathlete Dorothea Wierer took second place with 314 points, and French Gillia Simone took third place with 295 points.

Bendika is ranked 39th with 53 points.

In the sum of all disciplines, Simona is already the winner in the overall classification with 1048 points. Wierer has 877 points, while another Italian biathlete Lisa Vitoci has 854 points.

Bendika’s season has already closed with 88 points. It is currently ranked 48th.

As the sprint competition was moved from Friday to Saturday and the scheduled follow-up event was not held on Saturday, Simona placed first this season with 373 points in this discipline. Elvīra Eberja of Sweden took second place with 350 points, and Wierer took third place with 285 points.

Bendika finished 44th with 35 points.

In the sprint this season, Bendika outperformed the World Cup stages at the start of the season, when he finished 28th in Kontiolahti, 21st in Hochfilzen and 25th in Annecy. Nove Mesto took 77th place this season, earning Sabule’s highest spot in three stages of the World Cup.

Hermann-Vika, who also won the world title in the sprint at Oberhof, is the only biathlete to win twice in the seven sprint events of the World Cup this season.

On Sunday, the World Cup season will conclude with a joint start race.

Source: Tv Net

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