Anastasiya Merkushyna / Photos biathlon.com.ua
The President of the biathlon Federation of Ukraine Volodymyr brynzak commented on unsuccessful performance of Anastasia Merkushina on the world Cup stage in Pokljuka, and also noted that the coaching staff entrusts her hopes at the world Cup in Antholz.
– According to reports from Pokljuka, the coaches didn’t plan to say Anastasia Merkushin in the individual race, but the athlete allegedly insisted on participating. Is this true, and what was the original plan for Nastya at this stage?
Not Anastasia, but with his personal trainer. Indeed, the coaches planned to use her in the relay, but she and her father are convinced that they need to “run up” in the individual race, to feel the competition. Besides, it was just a question with Lena and not her daughter – I believe that Pidhrushna should not have to run the individual race. As for Merkushino, that particular conflict wasn’t there: ran and ran. Although, again, initially we didn’t plan to put her in this race.
– Was any prior agreement about it before Nastya from Oberhof went on a training camp?
We were told that Anastasia must first show itself in a single mixed event, because we expect it at the world Cup, and for us it is important. Individual race is not as important because it is clear that even with the zeros it will not be able to fight for the medal, namely the prize-winning places important to us in the world Cup. Because the main aim set before her daughter – to show himself as a reliable fighter in the relay. It is difficult to say – perhaps, indeed, it would be better if she didn’t run before the relay individual race. But still, we believe that in the world Cup Nastya will manage even the theory of probability, nor can it in so many races in a row to earn a penalty laps. And we believe that the position of the stars will converge and it will work fine.
Misses Merkushino in single mixed relay Pokljuka cost Ukrainian team medals. The Ukrainian admitted that she is not yet able to correct their mistakes.