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World Championship. Women sprint. Zaitseva to take 4th place

Women's Sprint closed the second competition day at the WCHs in Khanty-Mansiysk. Olga Zaitseva finished close to the podium on the 4th position being the best of her teammates. Yekaterina Yurlova ranked 6th, Anna Bogaliy-Titovets was 21st and the Russian newcomer Anastasia Tokareva ranked 47th in her debut at the WCHs.

Yekaterina Yurlova: For me it's the first ever race at the World Championships. I'm satisfied with the clean shooting. As for skiing, my speed was quite even and I managed to accelerate at the 3rd lap. On the one hand I felt excited because of the debut but on the other hand I was able to concentrate so that I performed well. When I was at the start, I saw myself on the screen, I smiled to myself and the race went well. I already took part in the World Cups here at Khanty-Mansiysk, but I competed only in Sprints and I didn't shoot well either in 2008 or in 2010. My task today was to shoot well and rise to the top-30.

Olga Zaitseva: It's annoying that I didn't manage to win a medal. How much did I lose? Seven second? Oh, that's not so bad (laughing). I'm satisfied with my shooting and we felt spirited before the start. Today we were a real team, both the coaches and all the team staff cheered us up on the course. On the whole I felt everything was going well.

Anna Bogaliy-Titovets: I felt good before the race. Yesterday I had some velocity training yesterday and felt great both physically and psychologically. I had a strong wish to start, because I feel a bit tired because of many qualification races. I tried to shoot clean, but I was too constrained and made a mistake. I knew that Olga and Yekaterina shot without mistakes and I was very happy for them. At the World Championships we should be an integral whole, because we compete for Russia, not for ourselves here. I'm on a working position for Pursuit and I will work with a cold mind.

Anastasia Tokareva: I started feeling nervous yesterday evening. Today it was twice as strong. It could not but affect my performance. I started too fast and felt tired at the 2nd lap already and exhausted at the last lap. My mistake was in feeling nervous. I didn't have a big task like, say, being as high as in top-20. I just had to shoot well and ski well. I'd put myself a satisfactory mark with minus. I suppose I start in Pursuit tomorrow and that will be my last competition here.

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