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7th place for Hettich-Walz – Sports

7th place for Hettich-Walz – Sports

At the foot of the Rocky Mountains, German biathletes pulled no surprises in the final sprint of the World Cup season. Canada's top six were honored without them. Janina Hitesh-Wals missed the Rose Ceremony in Canmore, finishing seventh by just 3.5 seconds. “I suffer a little with the shot time because I repeated the cartridge,” said the 27-year-old German, who was the only German among the best when she beat Italian Lisa. “But no errors and a top ten is a good result for me.” Vittozzi won by ten wins.

This means that Franziska Preuss, second from Oberhof, is the only one to have been on the podium in a sprint race this winter. Hettich-Wals will now be hoping to take part in Saturday's pursuit race, in which she is just 31 seconds behind Fitozzi.

All six Germans made it to the hunting race. While Vittozzi achieved her third success of the season in the all-around World Cup long-distance duel with Norwegian Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold, who still won the sprint classification in 17th place, coach Christian Meiringer's other athletes remained humble. 19-year-old Selina Grotjean was 18th, Sofia Schneider was 20th, Vanessa Voigt, very precise, made two parking errors and finished 23rd, and young hopefuls Joanna Pugh and Julia Kink, both 21. , ranked 28th and 51st.

As the previous week at Soldier Hollow, former world relay champion Preuss is missing from the season finale. The 30-year-old has been suffering from an infection for the past three weeks. The problem must be corrected by performing a minor sinus surgery. She wants to attack again in the new season. On Friday, Benedikt Doll goes to the last sprint race (5.40pm/ZDF and Eurosport) of his career. The last individual world champion in the German team ends his biathlon career after the season.