Biathlon: Julia Simon wins the big crystal globe, a first for a Frenchwoman for 18 years

Since this Saturday, the French biathlete Julia Simon is guaranteed to win the big crystal globe, which rewards the best biathlete of the season. It is the first time that a tricolor has won this trophy for 18 years and the triumph of Sandrine Bailly.

The French Julia Simon is sure to win for the first time in her career, at 26, the big crystal globe which rewards the best biathlete of the season, Saturday in Oslo. Simon, who had a 144-point lead two races before the end of winter, overtook her last competitor, the Italian Dorothea Wierer, at the end of the sprint disputed on Saturday and can no longer be caught. Simon is the first Frenchwoman to lift the big globe since Sandrine Bailly 18 years ago, the fourth overall after Anne Briand (1995) and Emmanuelle Claret (1996).

Change of dimension this season

Simon had come close even without running the day before, when the sprint had been postponed from Friday to Saturday due to thick fog on the hill of Holmenkollen, and therefore another of the three races scheduled in the Norwegian capital, the prosecution, quashed. The Savoyard has worn the yellow bib of the leader of the general classification of the World Cup in discontinue since December in Hochfilzen in Austria.

Simon has completely changed in dimension this season, driven by a new regularity in prone shooting. She has scored three World Cup victories and ten podiums over the winter, almost as many as since her debut in the big leagues in 2017. She was also crowned pursuit world champion and bronze medalist in the mass start in Oberhof, Germany in February, his first individual international podiums.

Source: Europe1

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