First-ever biathlon medal for Denmark in a world championship

Stunned Danish media call the victory “a mirage”

Anders Emil Schiellerup offered up a major surprise on the first day of the 2015 IBU Youth and Junior World Biathlon Championships today. He became the first Dane to win a medal, and a silver one at that, in a biathlon world championship since the competition started in 1958.

The 18-year-old finished his race in Raubichi, Belarus just 4.7 seconds behind the winner, Kirill Strletsov of Russia. Strletsov made two shooting mistakes but had the fourth best time on the course, which was enough to secure him gold.

Schiellerup had a clean shooting round, hitting all 20 targets, but only scored the 28th best time on the 12.5 km long circular route. 

Dramatic race with tight scores
The bronze medal went to Streltsov’s teammate Igor Shetko who missed two shots but scored the 13th best time on the track. 

It was a tight race all in all. The top six athletes finished within a 37-second margin.

Bartlomiej Filip from Poland and Andreas Kjeverud Eggen from Norway finished fourth, both just three seconds off the bronze medal pace.