After winning bronze in the sprint on Friday at the Worlds in Pokljuka, Emilien Jacquelin will defend his title in the pursuit on Sunday. If he swears to have turned the page of this world coronation, he confides his passion for confrontation races.
He saliva in advance. Emilien Jacquelin took third place in the sprint of the world championships in Pokljuka in Slovenia thanks to a 9/10 shooting and with the third time in skiing. This is his 5th world medal, the first medal in this event. But already, the world champion in the pursuit last year in Antholz had his eyes on Sunday and the defense of his title. “Of course I’m very happy with this medal, but what makes me dream is the pursuit and the mass start, confrontational races,” said the skier from Vercors, the medal around his neck.
“I don’t want to have any regrets and try everything to keep this title”
“I come here for that. And it’s all the nicer because this medal takes the pressure off me to come back with an individual medal which was my goal when I got here, with a relay medal. the more that I fall into the obsession with this chase and you have to savor this third place. But what makes me want is the chase. I know that I will try again. In any case, I don’t want to have any regrets and try everything to keep this title, “he continues.
Emilien Jacquelin will be ideally placed on Sunday by starting 12 seconds behind Martin Ponsiluoma, the Swedish winner of the sprint on Friday, and in the skis of his French teammate Simon Desthieux, second in the event. The pursuit promises to be close with just behind the two Norwegians Johannes Boe and Johannes Dale, then the French Quentin Fillon mallet 23 seconds behind the Swede.
One year after the incredible finish against Johannes Boe
Emilien Jacquelin claims to have “turned the page” of this monumental sprint of Antholz last year against Johannes Boe to clinch what remains today the only individual victory of his career. He says he is happy to “find all that stress and adrenaline in the morning before the races”. And all the more so on this pursuit that he loves so much.
“I think with the mass start, these are races where I have fun, where I feel happy. I feel like I’m going back to childhood, where you play with other opponents. There is this confrontation. in shooting where sometimes, you want to shoot faster, to try. Even if in the end I have the impression that it is on these races that I am most concentrated, where I manage my race the best. have a lot of fun. Sport for me is always fun, it’s the way I approach my races. I’m not trying to crush everything, I’m not the one who wants to be the best or beat everyone . But if you have to beat someone by attacking, by making a quick shot, I love it! It’s the pleasure and the passion that speak in these races “, develops Emilien Jacquelin.
The chase will take place on Sunday at 1:15 p.m.