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FLORIAN GRAF WINS MASS START OF EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS


Today Florian Graf of Germany repeated the success of him teammate Luise Kummer winning gold in men mass start.

The last race of the Championships was very spectacular and kept the overcrowded stands of “Zhemchuzhina Sibiri” in tension until finish. Russian athletes had a lot of missed targets. Only Anton Babikov had chances for a medal. The athlete was third after the last shooting.

However, a two-time champion of Europe 2016 did not manage to keep this position until the end. Right before the finish zone Anton was chased by Vladimir Iliev of Bulgaria. Jaroslav Soukup of Czech Republic finished second, not able to go ahead the leader of the race.

On the press-conference after the race, biathletes shared their opinion about European Championships.

“Zhemchuzhina Sibiri” – is a stadium of World Cup level. It’s a great place and its audience is just crazy” – said Florian Graf.

Jaroslav Soukup thinks that Tyumen has ideal conditions for hosting biathlon and ski events.

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