Strong finish for Campbell Wright

Filippo Maddalin. Image caption: Wright was just 1.04 minutes behind winner Filip Fjeld Anderson (NOR).

Wānaka’s rising biathlon star, 18-year-old Campbell Wright, finished his season strong with a 19th place finish at the IBU Cup 10km sprint in Obertilliach, Austria on Tuesday.

Wright was just 1.04 minutes behind winner Filip Fjeld Anderson (NOR) who completed the 10km course in 22 minutes and 25 seconds. The average age of the podium in this race was 23 years old. The only New Zealand athlete, Wright missed only one shot on the range - as did Anderson.

Philip Nawrath (Germany), who took the gold medal in the previous sprint, finished in 17th position, just 0.2 seconds ahead of Wright, and Hugo Rivail (France), previous bronze medallist, finished almost a second behind Wright - showing Campbell’s podium potential in the coming seasons.  

Alongside his biathlon events, Wright also competed in the FIS Cross Country 10KM freestyle race and finished in second position. 

Pisa Alpine Charitable Trust Trustee John Burridge said it was an “awesome finish to a taxing but brilliant first season competing with the adults in these major European Biathlon events.”  

Wright is now headed back to New Zealand to prepare for training at the Snow Farm this winter.

“The 18-year-old is one of the group of Wānaka talents putting their stamp on international biathlon and cross-country disciplines and are the inspiration for Team Snow Farm as they build the next group to take on the mantle for Wānaka and New Zealand,” said Burridge.

Read edition 1021 of the Wānaka Sun here. 


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