>> Biathlon World Championships Women's 7.5km Sprint 10 February 2023 Oberhof, Germany. Czech competitor Markéta Davidová.
Oberhof (Germany) – Biathlete Markéta Davidová had mixed feelings after finishing sixth in the sprint at the World Championships in Oberhof. She was pleased with the best shooting performance of the season, but she regretted that not even two flawless entries were enough for her to win a medal. In an interview with journalists, she knew that she had paid for a worse run, but according to her, she could not go faster.
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“Of course, I'm sorry that two zeroes are not enough for a medal, but I have to take it as it is. It's probably not ideal on the track, as I would imagine. But two zeroes count. Considering that it's my best result at shooting range this season, I'm glad it worked out right here,” said the twenty-six-year-old Davidová.
The eighth-ranked woman in the World Cup was improving her shooting the night before the race, when she was training in the dry. “I guess I came up with something small. But sometimes it's also a placebo. Sometimes it's enough for a person to think they've figured it out and that's enough,” she said. She did not want to go into the details of the improvement.
The reigning world champion in the endurance race lost a better result in the sprint today due to her 23rd running time. Even after the mixed relay, she was unable to find comfort on the track. “It was probably quite similar. It's not that there's anything wrong. I just can't go any faster,” she said.
Because of starting number 3, she could not even compare herself too much with her rivals during the race. But she didn't see a problem with that. “I'm only a little sorry for reaching the finish line, because we got in the way a little bit with the German woman who was driving to the shooting range. We were stupidly next to each other and I lost a little. But in the end it wouldn't have helped me much anyway,” said Davidová, who she lost approximately 24 seconds on the podium.
The athlete from Janova nad Nisou nevertheless ran the best sprint at the top event and improved her previous seventh place from the WC in Östersund. She was on the extended podium for the sixth time this season. “I think this is really one of my best sprints at the top event. With two zeros, I would have imagined a better result, but I couldn't do more on the shooting range and I also left everything on the track,” she noted.
< p>In Sunday's pursuit race, Davidová will be separated by fifty seconds from the leader, German Denise Herrmannová-Wicková. “I'm glad that I have a better foundation for the fighter than in the past. But in biathlon, every race is different and it's hard to predict,” added Davidová.