Led by Olympic champion Arnd Peiffer, the German biathletes want to reach for the first medal at the World Championships in Antholz.
For the first World Championship race on Thursday in the South Tyrol Arena, in addition to Peiffer, who was third, Benedikt Doll was nominated as the final runner, as well as Franziska Preuß and Denise Herrmann. The competition for runner-up world champions Germany is fierce; But hosts Italy or France should also be involved in the medal battle.
“I’m happy that I’m allowed to run. And the other three will be happy too. So far, everyone is fit and healthy, and then we’ll tackle it,” said Peiffer on Tuesday in Antholz. “Of course our aim is to get a medal in the first race,” said the Olympic champion. The 31-year-old said: “We have the potential, but everything has to fit.”
The mixed relay on Thursday (2.45 p.m.) is the first of twelve medal chances in the title fights in South Tyrol. The sprint competitions for women and men will continue on Friday and Saturday before the pursuit races will take place on Sunday.