On Sunday, the biathlon family will say goodbye to Pokljuka with mixed pairs and mixed relay races. Mixed pairs will start at 11:45 a.m., and mixed relays at 2:25 p.m. The Norwegians will surely be the favourites in the morning race, and the French in the mixed relays. Slovenia will compete without Jakov Fak.
Especially in the mixed pairs predictions are difficult. The Norwegians Vetle Sjastad Christiansen and Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold were not among the very best in Pokljuka.
Sweden’s Sebastian Samuelsson and Linn Persson could certainly be equal to Norwegians, but Samuelsson got sick during the holidays and is not in 100% form. The Austrians have their best competitor, Lisa Theresa Hauser, and one of the best shooters Simon Eder at the start.
The Germans, French and Italians decided to bet on mixed relays, at least according to their line-up. Perhaps this gives the opportunity to the Slovenian duo Miha Dovžan and Polona Klemenčič to get closer to the top with good shooting.
In the mixed relays, Filip Fjeld Andersen, Johannes Dale, Karoline Offigstad Knotten and Ragnhild Femsteinevik will get a chance in the Norwegian team. But according to the line-up, the first favourites will be the French Fabien Claude, Quentin Fillon Maillet, Anais Chevalier Bouchet and the overall leader of the World Cup Julia Simon.
The Swedes, with Jesper Nelin, Martin Ponsiluoma, Mona Brorsson and on Pokljuka the unbeatable Elvira Oeberg, will certainly be fierce rivals. Roman Rees, Benedikt Doll, Denise Herrmann Wick and Sophie Schneider will defend the colours of Germany. Italians can reach high too.
Slovenia will give a chance to Rok Tršan, Lovro Planko, Živa Klemenčič and Anamarija Lampič.