In an exciting mass start race, the Norwegian relegated the local athlete to second place and collected her seventh medal in seven World Championships races.
No other biathlete put their stamp on the Championships in the Südtirol Arena like Marte Olsbu Røiseland. Even twice World Champion Dorothea Wierer could not keep up in the last race. The 29-year old from Southern Norway won the mass start in an exciting finish and succeeded in finishing all World Championships medal races in the top three. Earlier, Røiseland had already won the World Championships in the mixed relay, the spring, the single mixed relay and the women’s team race. She also won Bronze in the pursuit and the individual event.
In this concluding race there was little that initially pointed to another Gold for the Norwegian athlete. Until the final standing position Dorothea Wierer, Hanna Öberg und Julia Simon were ahead of the race. Wierer went ahead into the last lap with a 14.4 second lead, but then Røiseland stepped up her performance. In an incomparable manner she made up second by second, at first drawing level with the South Tyrolean and then finally overtaking her in the final section. Her history-making performance was met by thousands of spectators in the Südtirol Arena with roaring applause.
Öberg wins her first medal in Anterselva
The spectators not only wildly celebrated Røiseland but also Wierer. She had to give up her dream of Gold in the last hundred meters, but she finished her remarkable local World Championships with a fourth medal. It was her second Silver after a second place in the mixed relay. She also won two Gold medals in the pursuit and the individual event.
The podium for the mass start was completed by Hanna Öberg, who used her last opportunity in these title fights for winning her first medal. Like Wierer, the Swedish athlete had to run three penalty circuits, but was able to relegate Monika Hojnisz-Starega und Simon (two mistakes each) to places four and five.
It was a black day for Lisa Vittozzi, who remained unsuccessful in every individual event. The athlete left a total of nine disks stranding and finished the race in 30th place.
On Sunday afternoon (3:00 pm) the World Championships in Anterselva will conclude with the men’s mass start.
Results 12.5 km Mass Start Women - World Championships Anterselva (Sunday, 23 February 2020)
1. Marte Olsbu Roeiseland (NOR) 39.14,0 (2)
2. Dorothea Wierer (ITA) +20,7 (3)
3. Hanna Oeberg (SWE) +26,1 (3)
4. Monika Hojnisz-Starega (POL) +29,1 (2)
5. Julia Simon (FRA) +45,1 (2)
6. Ekaterina Yurlova-Percht (RUS) +52,0 (2)
7. Tiril Eckhoff (NOR) +1.00,2 (4)
8. Franziska Preuss (GER) +1.00,3 (3)
9. Lisa Theresa Hauser (AUT) +1.02,5 (2)
10. Anais Bescond (FRA) +1.21,3 (3)
30. Lisa Vittozzi (ITA) +4.58,1 (9)