Tora Berger (NOR), Magdalena Neuner (GER), Andrea Henkel (GER) (l-r)
Magdalena Neuner (GER)
Andrea Henkel (GER), Magdalena Neuner (GER) (l-r)
Andreas Birnbacher (GER)
Simon Fourcade (FRA)
Simon Fourcade (FRA), Andreas Birnbacher (GER), Emil Svendsen (NOR) (l-r)

MAGDALENA NEUNER AND ANDREAS BIRNBACHER SUCCEED IN MASS STARTS

08.01.2012
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Magdalena Neuner (GER, Fischer skis and boots) secured victory in mass start in Oberhof after winning the sprint race. Andrea Henkel (GER, Fischer skis and boots) made a podium in front of her home crowd behind Tora Berger (NOR, Fischer skis, boots and poles). Andreas Birnbacher (GER, Fischer) repeated the success of his team mate and secured victory in men's mass start ahead of Simon Fourcade (FRA, Fischer skis and boots).
Neuner unbeatable
"I'd like to make a podium in Oberhof!", Andrea Henkel stated two days ago after her fifth rank in sprint. Today she did it and came in third in front of her home crowd. But Magdalena Neuner was unbeatable again. "The penalties did not faze me I was always close to the lead and felt all day like I had enough power to handle Tora and Andrea. I was very relaxed all day", Neuner said. The German missed three targets and was much faster in the last lap than Tora Berger, who had two penalties and finished second. Local hero Andrea Henkel missed only one target and was 32 seconds behind Neuner. Helena Ekholm (SWE, Fischer skis and boots) finished fifth with one miss. Darya Domracheva didn't make a faux pas like the last two years in Oberhof mass start. But she shot five penalties and came in only seventh although she was fast in skiing. Vita Semerenko (UKR, Fischer) finished ninth.

Birnbacher cleared all targets
Clearing all 20 targets was the secret of Birnbachers victory. The Bavarian celebrated his third World Cup win ever and was 24 seconds ahead of Simon Fourcade after 15 kilometres. "I don't know how this happened. I didn't feel well before the race and I didn't know if I could manage the five laps. I was very nervous at the last shooting but I concentrated again und somehow cleared the targets", said Birnbacher. The Frenchman shot one penalty, however he reached his second podium within two days. Jakov Fak (SLO, Fischer) could be happy about his fourth place after missing two targets ahead of young Swede Fredrik Lindström (SWE, Fischer skis and boots). Arnd Peiffer (GER, Fischer) showed a good performance again after his sprint victory and finished seventh aber two misses ahead of Daniel Mesotitsch (AUT, Fischer skis and boots).
Women mass start, Oberhof (GER):
1. Magdalena Neuner
GER 3 00.40.02,20
2. Tora Berger
NOR 2 00.40.14,70
3. Andrea Henkel
GER 1 00.40.34,20
4. Olga Zaitseva
RUS 2 00.40.50,50
5. Helena Ekholm
SWE 1 00.40.56,40
6. Marie Laure Brunet
FRA 0 00.41.14,40
7. Darya Domracheva
BLR 5 00.41.20,90
8. Marie Dorin Habert
FRA 2 00.41.34,70
9. Vita Semerenko
UKR 3 00.41.52,30
10. Nastassia Dubarezava
BLR 1 00.41.57,50
11. Anna Bogaliy-Titovets
RUS 2 00.42.03,20
12. Kaisa Mäkäräinen
FIN 7 00.42.08,90
13. Valj Semerenko
UKR 4 00.42.18,80
14. Teja Gregorin
SLO 3 00.42.21,20
15. Michela Ponza
ITA 1 00.42.25,30
Men mass start, Oberhof (GER):
1. Andreas Birnbacher
GER 0 00.38.34,60
2. Simon Fourcade
FRA 1 00.38.58,90
3. Emil Hegle Svendsen
NOR 3 00.39.04,20
4. Jakov Fak
SLO 2 00.39.08,50
5. Fredrik Lindström
SWE 1 00.39.09,50
6. Alexis Boeuf
FRA 2 00.39.11,30
7. Arnd Peiffer
GER 2 00.39.14,10
8. Daniel Mesotitsch
AUT 1 00.39.15,10
9. Anton Shipulin
RUS 2 00.39.22,60
10. Carl Johan Bergman
SWE 2 00.39.22,80
11. Michael Rösch
GER 1 00.39.26,10
12. Andrei Makoveev
RUS 3 00.39.28,30
13. Martin Fourcade
FRA 1 00.39.39,40
14. Björn Ferry
SWE 2 00.39.41,50
15. Timofey Lapshin
RUS 3 00.39.44,90