In Austria, the East Germans virtually dominated this year's World Biathlon Championships, the only country to give them any real competition being Norway.
In Austria, the East Germans virtually dominated this year's World Biathlon Championships, the only country to give them any real competition being Norway. The Russians and Finns, who usually take most of the honours, this year had to concede the top places in most of the events on the programme.
SYNOPSIS: The 1978 Championships, held at Hochfilzen in the Austrian Tirol, from 1-5 March, attracted more than two-hundred racers from thirty countries....a record number in the 17-year history of the event. This is the start of the 10-kilometre individual junior competition, one of the few events that Norway managed to win from the East Germans.
The word Biathlon stems from the Greek, meaning double competition. Relatively new in the world of sport, it involves a combination of cross-country skiing and target shooting with small-bore rifles. These have to be carried on competitors backs while they ski from one point to the next. In this event, competitors had two bouts of shooting, one standing, and one lying. This is Hungary's Fartunov.
Hungary was one of five countries entering the Biathlon Championships for the first time this year, the others being Argentina, Chile, Cyprus and Greece. But it was the East Germans who had it nearly all their own way. In the first days of the competition, they managed to win virtually every event, to the cost of the Russians and Finns who have dominated the Championships in previous years.
This is British entrant MacIvor crossing the finish line, showing some fatigue. Polish Skier Adamczak followed him in but neither was good enough to beat Norway's Kjell Soebak, who won comfortably from Bulgaria's Vladimir Belitshkov. The Norwegian team was particularly pleased to have edged out the East Germans for once.