The best biathletes (the women will start at 12.45h, the men at 15.05h) will compete for the final day’s victories in the South Tyrol Arena.
The women will kick off the day and, for once, Norway will not be the favorite but Sweden. Why? Because the Scandinavian women-quartet has a very consistent form and has made it to the podium every time this season with a victory in Hochfilzen and two second places in Hochfilzen and Oberhof. With the Öberg-sisters, Hanna and Elvira, they have two outstanding biathletes among their ranks.
The fiercest competitors of Sweden will the French and German quartets. “La Grande Nation” has taken the second place in the competitions of Kontiolahti and Hochfilzen, while the DSV-team has won their first relay competition of the season in Oberhof. Additionally, they have taken the third place in Kontiolahti. Only in Hochfilzen they did not make onto the podium but finished in a strong fourth place. That puts them in second place behind Sweden in the world cu score. The third place currently goes to France. However, the Norwegian team will also have a say in tomorrow’s competition. Particularly, as Marte Olsbu Roeiseland & co. has already won the Hochfilzen relay competition. And with Tirl Eckhoff the Scandinavians have another outstanding performer among their ranks. The Italian team around Dorothea Wierer will have a difficult time fighting for the podium in the 4x6km competition with its two bouts of shooting per leg.
The men will start at 15.05h. The 15km mass start will see Tarjei Bø, currently in third place in the total score ranking, in the red bib. The 32-year-old Norwegian has won last week’s mass start in Oberhof and will be among the favorites for tomorrow’s race again. His younger brother by five years, Johannes Thingnes Bø, is till waiting for his first success in Antholz. After a disappointing tenth place in the individual competition, the total score leader is aiming for his 51st world cup triumph. However, one has to also take his fellow team mate Sturla Holm Laegreid who has finished second in the individual competition as well as Alexander Loginov into account. The Russian athlete has celebrated his first victory this season thanks to his flawless performance at the range.
Two strong competitors, local hero Lukas Hofer and Quentin Fillon Maillet from France, will be in pursuit lying in wait for mishaps from the superstars.Hofer and Fillon Maillet have shown a strong performance on the foot of the Rieserfernergruppe which they want to confirm in the mass start. The athlete from Montal who passed on the relay due to back pain wants to return to the podium after his fourth place in the individual competition (his fifth top-ten place this season).