The 2020-21 Biathlon season will start this weekend with the first race in Kontiolahti, Finland. The women’s 7,5 km sprint race will be held on Saturday, 28th of November with all major contestants taking part in it. In the Kontiolahti women’s sprint winner odds defending sprint champion Denise Herrmann is in the top favorites. Let’s see who can stop her this time.
In the sprint race, women biathlon athletes compete in a 7,5 km distance with shooting twice during the race. Once prone and once standing for a total of 10 shots. For every miss they get a penalty loop of 150 m while they usually start the race in a 30 second interval. The new World Cup season will start where it ended last year, in Finland with the race at Kontiolahti. 9 more races will be held during the season while the finale is scheduled for next March in Oslo. German Denise Herrmann is the defending champion, who can easily defend her title and also fight for the overall win this year.
Kontiolahti women’s sprint winner odds mention several favorites
Online sportsbooks in Finland mention two athletes with the same odds, 4.00 in the Kontiolahti women’s sprint winner odds. Defending champion Denise Herrmann who has started her career in cross-country then switched to biathlon in 2016. She has 7 individual wins, three from last season. Including a victory in the previous sprint race here, with only one penalty. Now the German athlete can repeat her performance and start the new season with a win.
One of her biggest rivals can be Norwegian world champion Marte Olsbu Roiseland who has the same odds on 1xBet. She also got 3 wins last season, finishing 4th in the sprint world cup at the end. But in the 2020 World Championships Olsbu performed much better and won five gold and two bronze medals. She also got a silver medal from the 2018 Olympics in sprint and in mixed relay. The Norwegian is the better shooter from the two of them, and can be real fast at the end. So a very tight race is expected between them.
Overall World Cup winner is also in the favorites
Another Norwegian athlete, Tiril Eckhoff is also mentioned by online gambling sites in Finland as a favorite. No surprise there, as she also won two sprint races and finished third last season. She was even close to win the overall title but she missed thee targets in the last shooting in the pursuit race here. So the 2016 sprint world champion doesn’t have the best memories from Finland but with a win she can surely make them better. Her odds to get the victory now is 5.45.
While the 2-time overall world cup winner Dorothea Wierer is also good at sprint after finishing second in this discipline last season. The Italian multi-talent won two gold and two silver medals in the world championships, but only finished 7th in sprint. Still, she can also produce great results here as her two sprint wins from the previous season show it. Now she has the odds of 7.90 to finish on top of podium at the first race.