Biathlon World Cup race – men's 10 km sprint, March 2, 2023 Nové Město na Moravě, Žďársko. Czech representative Michal Krčmář.
Nové Město na Moravě (Žďársko) – The Biathlon World Cup in Nové Město na Moravě started with Michal Krčmář's thirteenth place in the sprint. His dominance in this discipline was confirmed by series leader Norwegian Johannes Thingnes Bö, who also won the sixth sprint in the current cup year and has a certain small crystal globe.
Photo gallery: Biathlon SP in Nové Město
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Krčmář lost a minute and three-quarters to Böa with one mistake from shooting while lying down and was clearly the best Czech biathlete. He is separated by approximately three seconds from the top ten before Saturday's pursuit race. He loses about half a minute to the third Nor Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen.
“I am satisfied with my performance. I gave my absolute best on the track, the spectators cheered me on. Unfortunately, I made a small mistake lying down on the shooting range, but that happens sometimes,” Krčmář told reporters.
The other Czech representatives were worried about shooting range and they were not enough for the best. Thanks to the 36th place, Adam Václavík and Tomáš Mikyska made it into the top 40 points, three positions worse. Jakub Štvrtecký slipped into the fighter as the 60th. Jonáš Mareček took the 76th position after four penalty rounds.
“I think Michal showed a great race here. It's a shame about one mistake lying down, but then that would be an ideal brand. On the other hand, I'm disappointed. Today we left absolutely everything on the range. For the young guys, this has to be one or zero, otherwise the train won't go through it,” said coach Michael Málek.
The 23-year-old Mikyska, who was 14th twice at the World Championships in Oberhof a few weeks ago, expected more from himself. “The points are great, but here in front of the home audience I wanted a little more. I didn't do very well,” he assessed.
Mareček, a year younger, paid for four mistakes and slower running. “I guess I couldn't fully concentrate on it. I'm sorry, but it's a great experience. Even so, I enjoyed this race,” said the native of Nové Město in Moravia.
15,800 fans watched the race. “I'm really glad they were able to come back after the break. They're incredible and I'm so glad they're coming back in such numbers. And it's Thursday, which is a working day. It's definitely going to be incredible on Saturday. I'm really looking forward to it and I thank everyone,” added Krčmář.
Bö was already certain of the overall sprint triumph before the start of today's race, as his nearest competitor Sturla Holm Laegreid from Vysočina had to travel due to a positive test for the coronavirus. The Norwegian phenom took to the track with starting number two, and when he didn't miss a single time, the winner was soon practically clear, even though some elite biathletes, including Krčmář, had yet to hit the track.
Just like at the recent world championships in Oberhof, his older brother Tarjei finished second behind Johannes Thingnes Bö. He was also flawless on the range, but lost by half a minute. The third Norwegian Christiansen already lost over a minute.
SP in biathlon in Nové Město na Moravě:
Men – sprint (10 km): 1. J. T. Bö 22:39.6 (0 penalty laps), 2. T. Bö -30.0 (0), 3. Christiansen -1:15.2 (1), 4. Strömsheim (all Nor.) -1 :17.9 (0), 5. Claude (Fr.) -1:23.0 (1), 6. Ponsiluoma (Sweden.) -1:25.1 (2), …13. Innkeeper -1:46.3 (1), 36. Václavík -2:42.4 (3), 39. Mikyska -2:46.4 (3), 60. Štvrtecký -3:23.8 (5), 76. Mareček (all Czech Republic) -4:05.2 (4).
Current order of the World Cup (after 15 of 21 races): 1. J. T. Bö 1229, 2. Laegreid (Nor.) 920, 3. Christiansen 648, 4. T. Bö 523, 5. Fillon Maillet (Fr.) 510, 6. Ponsiluoma 507, …14. Innkeeper 390, 43. Štvrtecký 59, 52. Mikyska 43, 80. Marecek 8, 84. Václavík (Czech Republic) 5.