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June 26, 2022

EYOWF 2013: Romania wins silver medal in biathlon

Romanian athlete Dorottya Buzas  won the silver medal in the 6-kilometer sprint biathlon race on Thursday at the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival (EYOWF), the competition’s official website informs. This is the third medal for Romania after the gold and silver medals that ice skater Emil Imre won early this week. Buzas finished the race in 19 minutes and 34.1 seconds with no penalties during the target shooting. Poland’s Kinga Mitoraj won the race with a time of 19 minutes and 11.7 seconds. Ukraine’s Anastasia Merkusina was third (19 minutes and 37.3 seconds). “It was a difficult race, I can’t believe I finished second. I’m in shock! I had a perfect target shooting and I am very happy with this result,” Buzas stated for TVR1. The athlete, who is enrolled at the CSS Miercurea Ciuc club and will turn 18 on March 14, hopes she will contribute to a good result in the mixed team relay race too.Simon Martin, the coordinating coach of the biathlon team, stated that after this result the Romanians will enter the elite of this sport, but only with a lot of work. “It has to be known that the Russian team for example was selected from over 1,000 candidates, while Romania had to choose from only 6 girls and 6 boys. It’s very difficult in these conditions,” he underlined. “Nevertheless, our goal is the Olympics, the world championship and the European championship. It’s possible in Romania too if we start working,” he added. Romanian athletes obtained modest results in the other events. None of the Romanian athletes qualified for the final of the giant parallel slalom event. Thus, none of the four Romanians that entered the qualifiers of the giant snowboard parallel slalom event reached the final. Romania’s Luana Chereches entered the women’s event but was not among the 16 finalists.

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