Lisa Hauser immortalized herself in the Austrian sports history books at the end of the biathlon world championship in Pokljuka, Slovenia. The Tyrolean won gold in the mass start competition over 12.5 km on Sunday, making her the first red-white-red biathlete ever to call herself world champion. Hauser stood out from the crowd, especially at the shooting range, where she was the only runner to hit all 20 targets in the 30th field.
“It’s incredible. It’s so beautiful, ”was the first reaction of the new world champion, who had put the golden cherry on her already historic World Cup cake, in an interview with ORF. In contrast to the relay, in which the shooting range did not go as desired, the Tyrolean didn’t miss anything this time. “I scored zero four times, that was the basic requirement. On the last lap I already had a grin on my face. Everyone cheered me on. Everything is still so much, I still can’t believe it. I’m so happy, I’ll enjoy it now, ”said Hauser.
With her gala performance after Wolfgang Rottmann in Oslo in 2000 in the individual competition and Dominik Landertinger in the mass start in 2009 in Pyeongchang, the 27-year-old Tyrolean provided Austria with only the third World Cup gold in biathlon. Hauser’s third medal in Pokljuka was the 21st Austrian in the history of biathlon world championships. At the end of the title fights on the Pokljuka plateau, the men’s mass start with Simon Eder (3:15 p.m., live on ORF1) is on the program on Saturday.