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Biatlon / Biathlon 16.2.2011

Biatlon / Biathlon 16.2.2011


It is Wednesday and the fights for medals are in full
swing. We are now at the Břízky venue, where Biathletes are going to pit their strength against each other in sprints today. How many biathletes are participating in the race today
and which ones are the possible champions? There are 89 boys and 79 girls; I suppose the
front-runners are the athletes from Germany, Russia, and Norway of course, and let’s hope that will also include the Czech competitors. How heavy is the rifle the athletes carry on their backs? Roughly 3.5 to 4 kilos, depending on how many accessories
it has. There is a minimum limit but no maximum and naturally everyone tries to be near the minimum limit. We have a Czech competitor on the mike, Lukáš
Jíra. Hi Lukáš, how was the race? It was excellent; the tracks are well groomed and it was
an advantage to ski on the home track. Unfortunately I made a few mistakes with my shooting. The race is not over yet, how do you think you will place? I have no idea how the others shooting rounds
turned out. I am hoping for 20th but I will be happy if it is any place above 30th. Yesterday you finished 16th, are you happy? Yes I am. I did not expect it at all.
I was comparing it to the World Championship; in the end I am really glad about 16th. Today’s race was a triumph for Johannes Bo from Norway. Johannesi, jaké máš po závodě pocity? Jsem moc šťastný, je to úžasný pocit být olympijským
vítězem. Před startem, včera, jsem vyhrál stříbro, takže jsem nemohl přestat myslet na zlato, protože
druhé místo patří prvnímu poraženému. Soustředil jsem se, abych zajel dobrý závod a doufal, že vyhraju medaili.

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