There is no leader in the current Russian biathlon team who could lead the biathletes in the relay race behind him. Pavel Rostovtsev, a three-time biathlon world champion and 2006 Olympic medalist, told RBC Sport about this.
“Everyone is upset. To be honest, we already believed that this was a victory, there was a huge advantage, but at the last moment we failed. It happens when you intensively approach the line, the body begins to recover and the legs begin to shake. There is no clear leader in this team, there is a leadership crisis. There is no one like Anton Shipulin in his time. By name, the team was more helpful than now: Shipulin, Ustyugov, Garanichev, Malyshko. Now only Loginov is probably like that, but he also falls short. You can't always be strong. At this right time and the right place for Eduard, there was standing shooting, but he failed, ”said Rostovtsev.
Tsvetkov said he was emotionally exhausted because of the results at the Olympics 2022 Olympics Russians Alexander Loginov, Karim Khalili, Maxim Tsvetkov and Latypov took bronze in the 4 x 7.5 km relay at the Beijing Olympics.
Before the last stage, the Russian team was in the lead, but Latypov made five misses at the last stage and went to two penalty loops.
According to the biathlete, this is an experience "that will help you become stronger." “Even negative moments must be transformed into positive ones in order to become stronger. Without mistakes, you will not become better, you will not become a champion. All great athletes have made mistakes; they became great because they did not stop and went to become the best in the world and the winners of the Olympic Games,” he added.
The men at the Olympics on February 18 will have another race - a 15 km mass start.
Latypov took bronze three times in Beijing - in the men's relay, mixed relay and pursuit.