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Fourcade cheers at the end of Anterselva

Twice he had to defer to his rival Johannes Thingnes B, but in the final competition of the World Cup 2018 in Anterselva the world's top biathlete fought back: Martin Fourcade raced to victory in the mass start and travels to the Olympic Winter Games as the overall world leader.


Date: 21.01.2018
Start time: 16:00

At the closing of this year’s World Cup stage the biathletes once more delivered impressive performances in the Südtirol Arena - most of all Martin Fourcade who was determined to end his seven-year long dry spell in the South Tyrolean centre of Biathlon. In front of 22,000 excited spectators he never allowed any doubts about his victory to arise. He made one error in the second and one in the fourth shooting, but he caught up on the track and was the first to cross the finish line. For the 29-year old exceptional athlete from the Pyrenees this is only his second success in Anterselva.

Today again Fourcade’s strongest competitor was Bø, but this time not Johannes Thingnes but his older brother Tarjei. In the final round, he, in turn, fought an exciting duel with his Norwegian team mate Erlend Bjøntegaard. In the end, both were able to cheer: Bø celebrated his second place and Bjøntegaard his first podium place in the World Cup. Both Scandinavians had to ski two penalty circuits each, just as the two Germans Benedikt Doll and Johannes Kühn who finished in fourth and fifth place respectively. After five errors in the shooting range Johannes Thingnes Bø had to content with sixth place. In the overall World Cup, he lies in second place, behind Fourcade.


Windisch makes it into the top ten

Local athlete Dominik Windisch from Rasun also achieved a top place. He finished in eighth place and is happy with his third top ten result of the current season. He could have achieved even more if he had not had left four discs standing. Only in the first prone shooting did Windisch not make any errors.

The second South Tyrolean, Lukas Hofer, scored as many as five misses in the shooting range. In the end he had to contend with 25th place. With his eighth place in the overall World Cup classification he remains the best Italian.

The Biathlon World Cup now takes a break until the beginning of March. For now, everyone is focused on the Olympic Games starting on 10 February in South Korea.


Results Biathlon World Cup Anterselva (ITA):

Mass Start Men, 15 km

  1. Martin Fourcade (FRA) 40:18.6 minutes (2 errors)
  2. Tarjei Bø (NOR) +2.8 (2)
  3. Erlend Bjøntegaard (NOR) +5.1 (2)
  4. Benedikt Doll (GER) +16.0 (2)
  5. Johannes Kühn (GER) +18.3 (2)
  6. Johannes Thingnes Bø (NOR) +29.2 (5)
  7. Emil Helge Svendsen (NOR) +33.5 (3)
  8. Dominik Windisch (ITA/Rasun) +36.3 (4)
  9. Anton Shipulin (RUS) +41.8 (3)
  10. Simon Desthieux (FRA) +44.4 (3)

  1. Lukas Hofer (ITA/Montal) +2:23.9 (5)
Attachment:· Final Results Men Massstart »



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