It was a big long weekend of biathlon for Australian High Performance athletes at IBU events!
Australian High Performance Program members took part in IBU Cup 2 in Ridnaun, ITA, with the largest-ever group of participants at Lenzerheide, SUI, for Junior IBU Cup 1.
At IBU Cup 2 in Ridnaun, ITA: from Marlo, VIC siblings Darcie (16) and Damon (20) Morton, lined up in the Single Mixed Relay, a first for Australia. Daniel Walker (22, Sydney) joined them for the Sprint events, with both Men earning a qualification time for Trimester 2 (January 2017).
Meanwhile, over at Lenzerheide, SUI, Junior IBU Cup 1 athletes took part in an Individual race on Saturday, and a Sprint on Sunday.
Lining up in the Men’s events were Taylor Field (20, Melbourne VIC), Tim Flanagan (20, Melbourne VIC), and Matthew Wright (16, Sydney NSW).
In the Women’s races, Sabrina Howell (19, Sydney NSW) and Gabby Mahon (16, Melbourne VIC) took to the tracks for Australia.
There were some fine shooting results, most notably Damon Morton in the Sprint (0+1), Gabby Mahon in the Individual (1+1+1+1), Tim Flanagan in the Sprint (1+0) and Sabrina Howell in the Sprint (0+1).
Also exciting was several athletes being interviewed by the new IBU Snapchat Team, if you are on Snapchat, see: Snapchat: biathlonworld
It is another big weekend coming up! Next IBU events for Australian Biathlon are Junior IBU Cup 2 14-17 December at Hochfilzen, AUT and IBU Cup 3 15-17 December at Obertilliach, AUT. Other High Performance biathletes will be taking part in Italian Cup races on 17-18 December. The Australian Biathlon National Camp at Livigno, ITA starts on 19 December, and runs for three weeks.
Full IBU race results and race schedule are at: www.biathlonworld.com under the “Datacenter” tab.
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