This morning he was playing with his daughter in the snow, and this afternoon he dominated the entire competition. The Frenchman Martin Fourcade seems to be unbeatable. Each of his 20 shots were on target and on the track no one can catch up either. This is not achieved without effort, “Everyone thinks it is so easy for me to win. But it certainly is not!”
It spite of the predicted storm, the conditions were identical for all 107 starters. A light snow began towards the end, but this did not influence the race. The Austrian Julian Eberhard was amongst the early starters and delivered an excellent performance. He crossed the finish line 18 seconds after Martin Fourcade; “It was a perfect competition for me. I could not have done better.” The Saalfelden native took the occasion of the approaching Austrian World Championships as a cue to train harder. “I prepared intensely over Christmas. I want to be really fit in February.”
“Super-Svendsen” also made a comeback on the third day of the competitions. He crossed the finish line 39.7 seconds after Fourcade. The Norwegians already demonstrated that the race track works well for them on Wednesday. “Ruhpolding is a good place for me and many Norwegians. The atmosphere is great and lots of Norwegian fans cheer us along.”
The German team left without a medal. Arnd Peiffer and Simon Schempp arrived in fourth and fifth place within a second of each other. Schempp missed a shot in the standing position bout and thereby lost the chance for a medal.
The team, however, can still be satisfied with its performance. The possibilities are wide open for the pursuit race on Sunday. Everything is still possible!
16. Place: Matthias Bischl – 0 Misses
20. Place: Benedikt Doll – 3 Misses
27. Place: Erik Lesser – 2 Misses
38. Place: Michael Willleitner – 1 Misses