Tora Berger (NOR)
Marie Laure Brunet (FRA), Tora Berger (NOR), Helena Ekholm (SWE) (l-r)
Helena Ekholm (SWE)
Arnd Peiffer (GER, Martin Fourcade (FRA)
Arnd Peiffer (GER)


Tora Berger (NOR, Fischer skis, boots and poles) celebrated victory in pursuit race in Nove Mesto. She won the race ahead of her brand mate Helena Ekholm (SWE, Fischer skis and boots). In men's pursuit Arnd Peiffer (GER, Fischer) made a podium.
Berger wins due to Neuner crossfire
Tora Berger secured another World Cup victory in Nove Mesto. The Norwegian missed three targets but she easily claimed victory ahead of Helena Ekholm without any penalty. Berger was shortly confused of Magdalena Neuner (GER, Fischer skis and boots) who shot on her targets. While Ekholm hit all targets Darya Domracheva (BLR, Fischer skis and boots) missed twice, although she came in fourth. Natalya Burdyga (BLR, Fischer) finished sixth.

Neuner shot crossfire
Because of her crossfire Magdalena Neuner donated Tora Berger the victory. The Bavarian was far ahead at the third shooting when she sighted the wrong targets and hit four targets there. Then she noticed her mistake and hit the target while Tora Berger arrived at the shooting range. Although Neuner had three more penalties in the last shooting she never gave up and fighted for a good result. She came in seventh ahead of Andrea Henkel (GER, Fischer skis and boots): "That never happened before, it's my first time and it's very annoying because it would have been a clear shooting", Neuner said. "I noticed my mistake too late and during my penalty loops I realized it. Then I had rage in my belley and that effected my last shooting." Krystyna Palka (POL, Fischer) finished ninth ahead of Kaisa Mäkäräinen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots).

On podium after a time credit
Tied for the Frenchman Martin Fourcade Arnd Peiffer was ranked second in pursuit after a 20 seconds time credit for the German. Up for discussion was the first shot in the first standing shooting. One shot was shown as miss, the target didn't turn around. Coach Mark Kirchner lodged a complaint with the jury. "It was a good race, at the end I could increase my speed. Shooting was very difficult again", stated Peiffer. "I thought the first shot was a little bit deep. But the bullet must have been on the target. I wondered why the target didn't turn around. I didn't think about it and just continued." Simon Fourcade (FRA, Fischer skis and boots) was ranked only fourth after Peiffers time credit ahead of Dmitry Malyshko (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) who won the photo finish against Peiffer. Fredrik Lindström (SWE, Fischer skis and boots) came in sixth, Andrei Makoveev (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) finished tenth.
Women Pursuit, Nove Mesto (CZE):
1. Tora Berger
NOR 3 00.31.00,30
2. Helena Ekholm
SWE 0 00.31.18,20
3. Marie Laure Brunet
FRA 0 00.31.25,40
4. Darya Domracheva
BLR 2 00.31.35,60
5. Olga Zaitseva
RUS 4 00.31.48,60
6. Natalya Burdyga
RUS 1 00.32.11,60
7. Magdalena Neuner
GER 8 00.32.26,70
8. Andrea Henkel
GER 2 00.32.29,10
9. Krystyna Palka
POL 1 00.32.55,20
10. Kaisa Mäkäräinen
FIN 5 00.33.21,50
11. Miriam Gössner
GER 1 00.33.33,50
12. Svetlana Sleptsova
RUS 1 00.33.43,50
13. Teja Gregorin
SLO 3 00.33.48,60
14. Marie Dorin Habert
FRA 3 00.33.51,90
15. Weronika Nowakowska-Ziemniak
POL 3 00.33.54,20
Men Pursuit, Nove Mesto (CZE):
1. Anton Shipulin
RUS 1 00.34.50,80
2. Martin Fourcade
FRA 3 00.35.01,90
2. Arnd Peiffer
GER 3 00.35.01,90
4. Simon Fourcade
FRA 3 00.35.20,30
5. Dmitry Malyshko
RUS 3 00.35.21,80
6. Fredrik Lindström
SWE 3 00.35.23,40
7. Evgeniy Garanichev
RUS 2 00.35.25,60
8. Carl Johan Bergman
SWE 3 00.35.36,00
9. Emil Hegle Svendsen
NOR 5 00.36.02,10
10. Andrei Makoveev
RUS 4 00.36.06,70
11. Alexey Volkov
RUS 2 00.36.12,00
12. Andreas Birnbacher
GER 5 00.36.21,00
13. Evgeny Ustyugov
RUS 4 00.36.30,60
14. Magnus Jonsson
SWE 3 00.36.32,80
15. Ole Einar Bjoerndalen
NOR 3 00.36.34,90