The French Biathlon Team excel in Oestersund

The first BMW World Cup Biathlon event of the year was held in Oestersund, Sweden. Months of preparation and training were now put to the test, and as the competition progressed it was clear that the French Biathlon Team, supported by ELEY, had a big advantage.

First up were the relay races, set in windy conditions which challenged the shooters to hit their targets cleanly. The French athletes Martin Fourcade and Marie Dorin Habert only had four penalties in the shooting stages of the Single Mixed Relay, one of the best results of the match. This is testament to the skill and experience of an exceptional pairing.

Over 100 women competed in the 15km Individual. The race was wide open with icy tracks and strong blustery winds. Accurately gauging the gusts and shooting through the gaps was of vital importance, and the French Biathlete Anais Bescond only had one penalty which meant she got to stand on the podium for Team France.

The crowd were treated to a classic performance from Martin Fourcade in the Men’s 20km Individual race. After a steady start Martin increased the pace as his competitors faltered in the unpredictable conditions, he carved out a dominant lead in the final loop. Martin took a well-earned Gold medal, raising expectations for an exciting Pursuit and Sprint over the weekend.

After a day of rest the women assembled for the 7.5km Sprint. The weather had cleared to favour strong shooters, and Marie Dorin Habert took full advantage with a perfect Prone series. She cleared all five targets in the Standing position to consolidate her lead and secure another win for France.

The Men’s 12.5km Sprint followed and saw Martin Fourcade take his third victory of the World Cup. He led the field from start to finish, shooting faultlessly to deny his competitors any chance of catching him. Sweden’s Fredrick Lindstroem was in second place after hitting every target with ELEY tenex biathlon. Fredrick is coached by Jonas Jacobsson, a longtime ELEY ambassador and the most medalled Paralympian in any discipline.

The Men’s 12.5km Pursuit closed out the competition. Martin again featured in the top positions, taking third place on the podium for France. The team have set the new season standard with an incredible performance, proving that ELEY tenex biathlon and the French Team are a winning combination.