Cristian De Lorenzi, Markus Windisch, Dominik Windisch, Lukas Hofer (ITA) (l-r)
MARKUS AND DOMINIK WINDISCH CLAIM VICTORY WITH THE ITALIAN RELAY
The Italians with Markus and Dominik Windisch (both ITA, Fischer) claimed victory in men's relay at biathlon World Cup in Oberhof. They won the stormy race ahead of Russia and Sweden.
Only five spare rounds
The Italians showed especially a great shooting performance on a very
stormy day in Oberhof with only five spare rounds while the Russians
shot two penalties. In the beginning it looked not so good for team Italy
who were already 50 seconds behind at the first exchange. Markus
Windisch started to catch up the gap and his team mates continued with a
great race. "It was tough physically on the tracks and
mentally on the shooting range; you needed some luck. I am still not
sure where some of my shots went, but it obviously finished well for
me", said Windisch.
Ustyugov lost nearly two minutes
For a long time the Russians with Evgeny Ustyugov (RUS, Fischer skis and
boots) and Alexey Volkov (RUS, Fischer) were on the road
to victory two minutes ahead of the others after five shootings. But
then Evgeny Ustyugov shot it down and had to ski two penalties - their
coach could only shake the head. The gap was shortened to 30 seconds but
increased to 43 seconds until the last exchange. Alexey Volkov wasn't
able to keep the gap against the fast Italian Hofer and Russia came in
second a few seconds behind Italy. "The weather had a big influence. Some of us were luckier than others—the conditions were tough for everyone", said Volkov. Sweden with Fischer-biathletes Tobias Arwidson (SWE, Fischer skis and boots), Björn
Ferry (SWE, Fischer skis and boots) and Fredrik Lindström (SWE, Fischer skis and boots) finished third.