Biathlon: Pole claims silver at World Cup inauguration

Monika Hojnisz celebrates second place in the women's 15km Individual race of the biathlon World Cup. Photo: PAP/EPA/ANTONIO BAT

Polish biathlete Monika Hojnisz reached a career-best second place during the first World Cup event of the season.

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Monika Hojnisz is a bronze medallist from the 2013 World Championship.

On Thursday, the 27-year-old topped her career best with a silver medal at the 15-km individual race.

The race showed Ms Hojnisz’s excellent fitness preparation. She maintained lead for the most of the race. However, one miss during the last shooting cost her the first place as she lost by 5.9 seconds with Ukrainian Yuliia Dzhima.

“I did not expect such a good result from Monika,” Polish Biathlon Federation sport director said. “I knew that she had worked hard during the pre-season but the second place really is something. On top of that, with only one missed shot? That is great.”

The next World Cup event will be held on Saturday.

Ms Hojnisz’s silver is the first word cup medal for Polish biathletes in almost four years.

So far, Magdalena Gwizdoń remains the only Polish female biathlete with a World Cup triumph, with one gold. Tomasz Sikora is the most successful male biathlete, with one Olympic silver, one World Cup gold, and six European Championships gold medals.