In the men’s mass start, everything lead up to a duel between Johannes Thingnes Boe and Martin Fourcade which the Norwegian won.
After the first bout at the range, 12 athletes had shot all the targets. In the third round the leader up to that point, Martin Fourcade, missed.
Fourcade earned two penalty loops, opening the way for speed shootoer Johannes Thingnes Boe, who cleared all the targets in 19 seconds. The German biathletes were represented by Simon Schempp, in fourth, and Eric Lesser, Benedikt Doll, Arnd Peiffer and Roman Rees who were amongst the top eleven.
Note even the last round at the range could not confuse the winner. After one penalty loop, he was still ahead of Fourcade who did not miss a shot. This secured him second place right behind the Frenchman Antonin Guigonnat and Quentin Filllon Maillet in fourth place, who were still 4x0.
Ultimately, the German team had an excellent team result with Simon Schempp in 6th place, Arnd Peiffer in 7th and Benedikt Doll in 9th. The up-and-coming Roman Rees placed 13th in his first mass start.
Simon Schempp was satisfied saying, “Today I just wanted to shoot well. I might not have been the fastest, but I wanted to deliver a good performance and gave myself the time I needed. I am quite satisfied with one miss. The energy from the fans is amazing and it is always a great feeling to compete at home. Even if my back is still painful, it is important for me to make it through the next races. There is a bit of a break after Antholz.“
In his first mass start in a World Cup, Roman Rees was able to place 13th. “I was a bit nervous before the race since the best biathletes in the world are on the starter list, but I felt good while competing. I only missed once in the last round, and found that I was able to keep up skiing with the others quite well.”