Biathlon World Cup race – women's 10 km pursuit race, March 4, 2023 Nové Město na Moravě, Žďársko. Czech representative Markéta Davidová.
Nové Město na Moravá (Ždár) – Before the pursuit race of the World Cup in Nové Město na Moravá, biathlete Markéta Davidová watched the additional awarding of bronze medals to the members of the women's relay team from the Olympics in Sochi, a moment later she attacked from 16th place to the extended podium. In the end, she was seven seconds away from the top six from eighth place and regretted two mistakes on the shooting range in front of the journalists. However, she was pleased with the sixth running time.
Photo gallery: Biathlon SP in Nové Město
“I have to say that when I have good skis and I feel good on them, I enjoy racing,” said Davidová with a smile. “I'm sorry about the two. I was a little hasty and I probably needed more respect for the shooting. I also caught a few calibers on the second tent, so it's about zero to zero. Sometimes you're lucky, sometimes you're not,” she added.
In the last lap she fought for a better position with the German Denise Herrmann, but the sprint world champion was faster in the last lap. but she fumbled. Unfortunately, my last rounds this year are not what I would have imagined. On the other hand, I didn't have easy opponents either,” assessed the eighth woman in the World Cup standings.
Before the start, Davidová watched the ceremony where Gabriela Soukalová, Veronika Vítková, Eva Puskarčíková and Jitka Landová received their bronze medals from the Sochi Games. The Czech national team took fourth place when Ukraine won, but the Russians were originally second, but were later disqualified due to doping. Puskarčíková cried with emotion during the ceremony.
“Terka Voborníková and I also shed a few tears at the shooting range when we saw them crying. We are a bit sensitive now,” said Davidová. “I'm glad she enjoyed it, you could see how much she was looking forward to it. She's lived through it enough now, so I'm very happy for her. I'm a little sad that there are still cases in sports when it has to be solved like this in retrospect. It would be best if this didn't happen at all. But the fact that the medals were handed out here is quite a good satisfaction,” said Davidová.
Before the race, she also shared on social networks the request of the organizers that the fans they respected the personal zone of the contestants when requesting joint photos. According to Davidová, things did not go well after the sprint. “I have to say that 98 percent of people behave decently and kind of normal. I thank them. And the few that were found … He knows very well who it was, so I hope they take it to heart and do something about it . Moreover, it was not only to me, but also to others,” added Davidová.