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Anton Shipulin is the new king of Antholz


Date: 20.01.2017

On Friday, at the Südtirol Arena Alto Adige everything seemed set for the eleventh victory by World Cup dominator Martin Fourcade. But in the end it was Anton Shipulin, one of his strongest antagonists, to rejoice on the top of the podium. All of the Italian local athletes missed the top ranks.

Anton Shipulin and Antholz. A never ending story of success. With this men's individual race, the 29-year-old from Yekaterinburg celebrated his ninth World Cup victory, his fifth at the feet of Collalto. Thus he caught up with Simon Schempp who has also already won five times in Antholz but only came fifth today.

On the 20-km-track Shipulin showed no weaknesses and scored only one shooting error. In the end he crossed the finish line after 50,38.1 minutes. None of his rivals managed to achieve such a time, not even the great favourite Martin Fourcade.

The sovereign World Cup leader from France had to put up with 2 penalty minutes after two missed shots. At the end he was slower than Shipulin by 41 seconds. Nevertheless, in his 14th race of the season he scored his 13th podium placement. Sergey Semenov from Ukraine, left behind by Fourcade, achieved the third top 3 placement of his career. On place four, Norway's star Ole Einar Bjørndalen just missed out on a place on the podium.

Dominik Windisch achieved a point awarding place

The best athlete of the Italian home team was Dominik Windisch from Rasun di Sopra. On his home track he came in 24th after four misses in the shooting range. All of the other Italian athletes missed the point awarding ranks: Thomas Bormolini came in 68th, Rudy Zini, who performs his first World Cup, finished 94th, and Giuseppe Montello had to make do with place 100. Lukas Hofer from South Tyrol had to renounce his participation just before the race due to illness.

Results Biathlon World Cup in Anterselva (ITA):

Individual event 20 km men
1. Anton Shipulin (RUS) 50:38,1 minute (1 missed shot)
2. Martin Fourcade (FRA) +41,0 seconds (2)
3. Sergey Semenov (UKR) +56,8 (1)
4. Ole Einar Bjørndalen (NOR) +1:04,9 (1)
5. Simon Schempp (GER) +1:09,8 (2)
6. Krasimir Anev (BUL) +1:15,6 (1)
7. Maxim Tsvetkov (RUS) +1:28,7 (1)
8. Michal Krcmar (CZE) +1:29,8 (1)
9. Arnd Peiffer (GER) +1:30,4 (2)
10. Lowell Bailey (USA) +1:39,1 (1)
24. Dominik Windisch (ITA) +3:29,9 (4)
68. Thomas Bormolini (ITA) +6:25,4 (4)
94. Rudy Zini (ITA) +9:05,6 (5)
100. Giuseppe Montello (ITA) +10:06,4 (7)

Comments on the race:

With Friday's men's individual race in Anterselva, Anton Shipulin proved that he always has to be taken into account. The 29-year-old climbed onto the highest step of the podium of the Südtirol Arena Alto Adige, prevailing on World Cup dominator Martin Fourcade (France) and Sergey Semenov (Ukraine). Here the comments of the protagonists and of local athlete Dominik Windisch.

Anton Shipulin (RUS), winner: I am delighted about my first victory this season and wish to thank my fans who cheered me up so much. I like Anterselva as a World Cup resort, here the atmosphere really is very special. Rico Gross contributes a big share to my success, both because he used to be a great athlete himself and because he gives us many precious tips and helps the whole team.

Martin Fourcade (FRA), place two: After two weeks in Oberhof and Ruhpolding today it was very difficult to race at high altitude. I felt very well, nevertheless it was extremely tedious. Why is Anterselva the World Cup location where I scored fewest victories? I think on one hand I just had bad luck, on the other many times my performance was bad. In the last two years in the sprint I always had to start from behind and still I finished fifth or fourth. If they had been individual races, probably I would have won them. I will skip the relay, so that maybe I can manage a victory in the mass start.

Sergey Semenov (UKR), place three: Yesterday in the team meeting we examined the last Anterselva individual race. In the season 2009/10 my compatriot Sergej Sednev won here, so I thought 'Why shouldn't I be able to achieve a good result?' As far as the shooting is concerned, Anterselva is a particular location, on one hand because of the altitude, on the other because of the last climb before the shooting range. I knew I had to shoot really well to have a chance of achieving a top result. I had lots of self-confidence, so the podium was no real surprise.

Dominik Windisch (ITA), place 24: I am not totally unhappy as my goal was to work quietly. The last days were pretty hectic, but I still acted very concentrated. My performance on the skis was OK, too. Therefore I am satisfied. Still, one miss per series is too much. If you want to get to the top, you need to shoot without errors.



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