Lisa Hauser is Austria’s first biathlon world champion. © APA / afp / ANZE KACIN
The Austrian Lisa Hauser won the last women’s race at the World Championships on Pokljuka (Slovenia). Dorothea Wierer and Lisa Vittozzi also grabbed a medal in the mass start, but in the end again came away empty-handed.
February 21, 2021
Lisa Hauser from Reith bei Kitzbühel triumphed on Sunday without a penalty loop in front of three exceptional Norwegian athletes. She became Austria’s first ever female biathlon world champion, with Wolfgang Rottmann in 2000 and Dominik Landertinger in 2009 only two gold medals for the ÖSV.
In Slovenia, Hauser has already won silver in the mixed relay and in the pursuit. Before her big World Cup coup, the 27-year-old from North Tyrol had only won one race, namely the individual competition this year in Antholz.
Vittozzi slips off the podium
While the three Norwegians fought unleashed for two medals, the mass start came to a very bitter end for Vittozzi. After only one shooting error, the 26-year-old was up and about to forget a previously disappointing season with a silver medal. She went to the last lap after the shooting in second place, but then she collapsed completely and had to let her rivals from Scandinavia pass with her face contorted with pain. In the end, Vittozzi finished fifth.
Dorothea Wierer had to go into the penalty loop three times. © APA / afp / JURE MAKOVEC
Unlike her teammate, Wierer did not award a possible medal on the trail, but at the shooting range. While lying down, she missed one time, once again in each of the following two standing attacks. Although the woman from Niederrasner recorded a very strong mileage, after a total of three penalties she was no more than eighth in the end. For Wierer, the title fights on the Slovenian plateau end without winning a medal. With a total of nine World Cup participations, this is only the fourth time that the 30-year-old has traveled home without any precious metal in her luggage.Italy’s last chance for a medal on the Pokljuka has Lukas Hofer and Thomas Bormolini, who will start in the final men’s mass start from 3.15 p.m. SportNews reports in real time with a live ticker.
The result in detail: