23- year old Gabriela Soukalova surprised everybody and mostly herself when she captured her first world cup win at E.ON IBU World Cup Pokljuka sprint competition. She was very fast today on track and precise on shooting range.
The end result was number one flashing beside her name on the result screen at the finish area. After twice reaching 14th place in Oestersund and Hochilfzen this year, she was thrilled in finishing first in Pokljuka. “I did not believe I could win. I am very surprised and of course very happy,” commented her debut win.
Although Miriam Gössner of Germany missed two targets at shooting range and had to ski additional 300 metres, she managed to finish second due to very good track result. Belarusian Nadezhda Skardino reached her first podium in sprint competition this year by finishing third.
Runner-up in the overall World Cup total and Sprint score Darya Domracheva of Belarus did not start today due to health issues. The Belarus team is hopeful to see her back in competition on Sunday for the mass start race. The leader in both afore-mentioned competition scores Tora Berger of Norway was 27th.
The weather conditions in Pokljuka today were all but favourable with heavy snowing and strong winds from early morning onwards. The weather predictions for tomorrow when Pokljuka will host men’s and women’s pursuit race are not favourable as well.