after the disappointment in the individual event, Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet takes her revenge in the sprint

“I know my worst opponent in a race is me. So I don’t have to be afraid of others. “ The words are signed Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet, in an interview for the France Info site, before the start of the 2021-2022 biathlon season. When it comes time to take stock of the first round played this weekend in Ostersund, Sweden, it is clear that the Frenchwoman was right in her analysis.

Out of the shot during the individual event on Saturday, missing two targets from the first prone shot, the Iséroise took revenge on Sunday morning during the sprint (7.5 kilometers, one shot in a prone position, one shot while standing). Author of a clear rifle, she finished in second place, behind the local of the stage, Hanna Oberg (also 10/10), who was ahead of her by eleven seconds on the finish line.

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“I said to my husband yesterday: ‘I’m going to leave full!’ ” At first [pointage] intermediate, I was in the lead. In shooting, I really set up what I wanted “, rejoiced Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet on the finish area. “Me, I’m a diesel. Yesterday I was too relaxed. I had no stress at all. Today, I kicked my ass “, she concludes at the microphone of the Channel L’Equipe. For the French contingent, this podium is added to that of Simon Desthieux, third in the individual.

Behind Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet, the Norwegian Marte Olsbu Roeiseland (9/10) is ahead of the Belarusian Dzinara Alimbekava (10/10) three seconds to climb on the last step of the podium. A welcome performance for the Norwegian clan, since last season’s best biathlete, Tiril Eckhoff, finishes only in the 28e place, after going through the penalty ring three times because of his shooting errors.

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On a Swedish track without great difficulty, but demanding from start to finish, Justine Braisaz-Bouchet was the first to set off. The number 1 bib got a nice sixth place, with a 9/10 shooting. Same ratio for Anaïs Bescond, 13e at the arrival. The second place of his compatriot? “Yesterday I said: We’re going to set the record straight! I expected no less from the France team, confides the most experienced of the tricolor clan (34 years). This is only the start of the season. I can’t wait to see the rest. “

While the men take their turn in the sprint this Sunday, from 1.45 p.m., the World Cup will continue from Thursday 2 December, still in Ostersund, with the sprints, before the pursuits of the weekend. end.