Slovak biathletes achieve an historic result

Kuzmina won ahead of Fialková in today's World Cup race.

(Source: AP/TASR)

For the first time in history, two Slovak biathletes won podium positions at a top biathlon event.

"My time in sport is drawing to an end and I have a great successor," Anastasia Kuzmina commented on the result for the public-service RTVS.

She won the 12.5 km mass start race in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic. She incurred two shooting penalties but skied strongly to cross the line first in 35:34.4 minutes, 12.1 seconds ahead of another Slovak biathlete, Paulina Fialkova, the Eurosport reported.

"These feelings are out of this world," said the Russian-born Kuzmina. "I wanted to give my fans in Slovakia and in Russia the most beautiful present for Christmas that an athlete can give. It was my biggest wish and it came true. This victory is theirs."

Both Slovaks made it to the head of the race halfway-through the course but for a while the Italian Dorothea Wierer, who currently leads the World Cup scoreboard, led the race.

Paulina Fialkova said that she had wanted to win very much.

"When one is in good shape, one tries to get the best out of it, because it might not come again," she said as quoted by the Sme daily.

The silver medal was Fialkova's fourth podium finish of the season, although she has yet to taste victory, Eurosport noted.

Still, it is definitely her career's best season so far, Sme wrote. She currently ranks second in the World Cup scoring with 345 points, after Wierer with 381. Kuzmina is now seventh with 237 points.

The next World Cup race will take place on January 10 in the German town of Oberhof.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Theme: Anastasia Kuzminová


This article is also related to other trending topics: Ivona Fialková, Paulína Fialková

Top stories

More than €1.4 million collected for people from building explosion in Prešov

The building will be gradually dismantled, one person from the 12th floor still missing.

A great past but not such a bright present

How come despite its tourism potential and an industrial park nearby, Kežmarok has an unemployment rate three times higher than Slovakia's average?

The town of Kežmarok, Slovakia

Companies should not exist for profit alone

Martina Kolesárová describes how the business mindset of the 21st century goes beyond profit, perceiving social impact as a goal and also as a potential business opportunity.

Gib Bulloch speaking at 2019 BLF CSR Summit in Bratislava.

PM Pellegrini did not change Kalavská’s mind and she has quit

The health minister will go back to her profession as doctor.

Health Minister Andrea Kalavská attends a governmental meeting on December 4, 2019