BEIJING (SID) – Athletes Martin Flegg and Anja Wicker caused a double attack for Germany at the Paralympic Games in Beijing. First, Sochi winner Wicker took the bronze in the women’s sitting class at the 10km middle distance, before flag carrier Flegg took silver in the men’s starting class after just 25 minutes.
After two shot errors, Flegg was only defeated by China’s Liu Mingtao on the first try, eventually losing 47.9 seconds to win. For the 32-year-old, it was his second Paralympics medal after his long-distance victory in Pyeongchang in 2018. World champion Wicker completed her collection of medals at the Winter Games with bronze, having already won gold and silver in Sochi in year 2014.
In spring-like temperatures in Zhangjiakou, the 30-year-old from Stuttgart showed a solid performance, especially in terms of running, and was able to make up her five penalties. American Kendall Gretsch, who won with one penalty kick, was short by 2:33.0 minutes. In the first biathlon competition in Beijing, both Flegg Wicker, who finished fifth, missed a medal.