Dmitry Podruchny from Ternopil became the first Ukrainian male biathlete to win the world championship.
In Ostersund, Sweden, at the World Biathlon Championships, 27-year-old Ternopil resident Dmitry Podruchnyy won the men’s pursuit 12.5 km.
The assistant started in the pursuit race fourth with 17 seconds behind the sprint winner – Norwegian Johannes Be. Ukrainian shot very quickly and accurately, and the athlete from Norway missed three times.
According to “Glavkom”, after the first shooting Podruzhny twice made a mistake and in the second round he came out seventh with a minute and 14 seconds behind Be.
And then there was a gradual exit to the first place. After a clean laying session, the Ukrainian became the seventh and was inferior to the leader in a minute and three seconds.
The third shooting was again accurate. On the next to last lap, Ukrainian biathlete went with a 50-second lag from Be Junior, but in the company of the Norwegian Tarja Be, the French Antonn Huyonat and Fillon Maya, and also the Russian Evgeny Garanichev.
The final shooting changed everything. Johannes Boe missed three times and while he was running penalty laps, Podruzhny shot out cleanly. Other rivals also had blundered, and therefore Dmitry went to the final round with a 15-second advantage over the leader Be and finished the race first.