With the Olympic-ready athletes at a height gathering before the height of winter, it was the reserves that had to defend Norway’s honor in Ruhpolding. Then it went wrong on the stand, but it was not the reserves’ fault.
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The race is in progress!
– It’s the strangest thing I’ve ever experienced. I stand up and have the Swede next to me. Shoots the first shot and hits, then this target two at the same time, out of reaction I go for the third shot, then the targets continue to this, Aleksander Fjeld Andersen tells NRK after his stage.
Because on the second shooting, there was chaos on the stand. According to the graphic, Norway’s Aleksander Fjeld Andersen had finished shooting and missed, but that was not true.
Because it was a competitor who had shot at the target Fjeld Andersen.
Fjeld Andersen stood, looked around and shook his head in despair.
– Everything is destroyed, the race is over, states NRK’s Andreas Stabrun Smith and adds:
– For an amateur theater.
Eventually he got the discs back up, but it didn’t get any smaller:
– I raise my arm, nothing happens and I do it again. So I take down the stock market and get someone to come to me. Finally gets the flashes up and finishes shooting. Then I am told to shoot three extra shots in addition, says Fjeld Andersen and continues:
– I have a minimum of six hits. Then I am told to go two penalty rounds. I do what I am told, so I hope we get a deduction. But it ruins the whole race.
From the standpoint, the Norwegian was decidedly last, two minutes behind the leader.
Shortly afterwards, NRK’s biathlon expert Ola Lunde could tell that it was Swedish Peppe Femling who fired two or three shots at Fjeld Andersen’s target before he discovered that he fired at the wrong target.