After a strong performance, South Tyrol’s local hero Lukas Hofer had to settle for the fourth place, trailing Quentin Fillon-Maillet from France in third place by just one tenth of a second. The second place went to Laegreid from Norway.
While Loginov has been considered an individual-race-specialist in the run-up to the first men’s competition in the South Tyrol Arena, it has been a surprise to see him on the top podium. The 28-year-old Russian from Saratov has won the 20km race in 48:41.8 minutes with a perfect shooting and a strong performance on the course. Antholz seems to be a particularly good venue for Loginov as he has taken the sprint world champion title and bronze in the pursuit competition one year ago. This win marks his first podium this season and his fifth world cup victory in total.
Loginov has shown a brilliant performance and snatched the win from the hotly favored Norwegians and French. The second place went to this season’s high flyer Sturla Holm Laegreid. Missing two targets, the 23-year-old Scandinavian finished 58.5 seconds behind the Russian and he extended his lead in the discipline score.
Hofer missing the podium by a whisker
Local hero Lukas Hofer has also shown a strong performance. The 31-year-old from Montal finished in fourth place at his home world cup missing two targets and trailing the winner by 1:10.6 minutes. Particularly aggravating: he missed the third place by only a tenth of a second. Quentin Fillon Maillet from France snatched the podium from him with an incredible finish. It has been the fifth top-ten result this season for the strong skier from South Tyrol. However, the disappoint was quite big after the race. His Italian team mate Didier Bionaz has done surprisingly well. One miss at the range has finally yielded him the 13th place.
It has been a disappointing race for the other three “Azzurri”. Tommaso Giacomel (5 misses) finished in 59th place, Dominik Windisch from Rasen has missed seven targets which put him in 72nd place in the end and Tommaso Bormolini (5 misses) had to settle for the 83rd place. World cup total score leader Johannes Thingnes Bø had to settle for the tenth place after missing four targets. However, he still retains the total score lead with 649 points – leading Sturla Holm Laegreid by 31 points.
Tomorrow will see the men’s relay competition (4x7.5km) at 15.05h. At 13.10 the women will start their 15km mass start competition.
Biathlon World Cup Antholz
20 km Individual Competition Men
1. Alexander Loginov (RUS) 48.41,8 (0)
2. Sturla Holm Laegreid (NOR) +58,5 (2)
3. Quentin Fillon Maillet (FRA) +1.10,6 (2)
4. Lukas Hofer (ITA) +1.10,7 (2)
5. Anton Dudchenko (UKR) +1.10,9 (0)
6. Martin Ponsiluoma (SWE) +1.18,1 (2)
7. Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen (NOR) +1.22,2 (2)
8. Simon Eder (AUT) +1.25,2 (1)
9. Erlend Bjoentegaard (NOR) +1.50,4 (2)
10. Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR) +1.56,4 (4)
11. Arnd Pfeiffer (GER) +1.56,9 (2)
12. David Komatz (AUT) 1.58,5 (0)
13. Didier Bionaz (ITA) +2.09,2 (1)
14. Evegeniy Garanichev (RUS) +2.11,2 (2)
15. Tarjei Boe (NOR) +2.15,7 (3)
16. Roman Rees (GER) 2.30,7 (2)
17. Jeremy Finello (SVI) 2.31,0 (3)
18. Johannes Kuehn (GER) +2.36,4 (3)
59. Tommaso Giacomel (ITA) +5.32,9 (5)
72. Dominik Windisch (ITA) +6.43,9 (7)
83. Thomas Bormolini (ITA) +8.20,2 (5)