The advance at the goal was the same as at the start, but the Frenchman Martin Fourcade managed to make the race exciting. The otherwise reliable shot had to turn three penalty loops, but still demonstrated who is setting the tone on the track. Tactical maneuvering, especially in the stretch before the last round of shooting, was his mission again today. Yet, it seems that Fourcade can barely believe his success these days, “I dreamed of doing biathlon as a child. Today I am celebrating my tenth win of the season. It’s crazy.”
The Norwegian Emil Hegle Svendsen was able to celebrate a triple in the 12.5 kilometer pursuit race to defend his second place in the sprint, due to his extraordinary shooting accuracy. He managed to land all 20 shots. None-the-less, he was very happy to cross the finish line ahead of those behind him. “I felt really tired in the last round because the track was very slow due to the heavy snowfall.”
The Czech athlete Michal Krcmar came third as a surprise just one second behind Svendsen. He did not miss a shot either and caught up 26 spots. “In the last round, I was actually focusing on keeping my distance from Arnd and then Anton was in front me.” Last year already, the 25 year old left Ruhpolding with a top result. In 2016, he placed fifth in the mass start. “I like this track and the weather was perfect for me today as well.”
Arnd Peiffer (1 miss), who collided with his teammate in Simon Schempp (2 misses, 7th place) in the first round, missed a spot on the podium by just a few seconds.
22nd Place/4 Misses: Benedikt Doll
23rd Place/4 Misses: Erik Lesser
42nd Place/2 Misses: Michael Willeitner
48th Place/5 Misses: Matthias Bischl