Nadezhda Skardino, Darya Domracheva, Ludmila Kalinchik, Nastassia Dubarezava (BLR)
Olga Vilukhina, Olga Zaitseva, Svetlana Sleptsova, Ekaterina Glazyrina (RUS)
Andreas Birnbacher (GER)
Anton Shipulin (RUS, Andreas Birnbacher (GER), Martin Fourcade (FRA) (l-r)

FISCHER BIATHLETES MAKE A PODIUM IN RELAY, BIRNBACHER WINS MASS START

21.01.2012
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The French team celebrated victory in women's relay in Anterselva. They won the race ahead of the Fischer team from Belarus with Nadezhda Skardino, Ludmila Kalinchik, Darya Domracheva (all BLR, Fischer skis and boots) and Nastassia Dubarezava (BLR, Fischer) followed by Russia with Ekaterina Glazyrina and Svetlana Sleptsova (both RUS, Fischer) and Olga Vilukhina (RUS, Fischer skis and boots). In men's mass start Andi Birnbacher (GER, Fischer) secured victory.
Exciting relay until the finish
The third relay race this winter was exciting until the final stretch. 400 metres before finish Darya Domracheva seemed to be able to catch the French team but her catch-up-race wasn't successful. The teams from France and Belarus finished the race without any penalty and nine respectively ten spare rounds. Third place went to Russia with one penalty and eleven spare rounds was third, 21.4 seconds back. Norwegians came in fourth followed by Ukraine and Germany.

Tactical last lap in mass start
"I noticed that there was one missed target at shooting lane one and two when I arrived at the shooting range for my shooting. I knew I had to take my chance and clear five targets as soon as possible. I saved some energy until the last uphill so nobody could escape but the final stretch is something special and everything can happen", said Birnbacher after his fourth carrer's win. The athlete from Schleching missed only one target and he always paid attention especially during the last lap when sprint-winner Fredrik Lindström (SWE, Fischer skis and boots) attacked: "I knew that somebody would attack at the Huber-Alm but I thought it would be Martin. But I knew if I could stay in contact the decision will be made in the final stretch." The German secured victory at the finish line ahead of two opponents. Lindström wasn't able to fight for the podium after his attack and he finished fourth. Sixth went to Dmitry Malyshko (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) who was qualified for todays's mass start after Simon Schempp (GER, Fischer) travelled home. Jaroslav Soukup (CZE, Fischer skis and boots) came in seventh, Jakov Fak (SLO, Fischer) finished ninth.
   
Women Relay, Anterselva (ITA):
1. Marie Laure Brunet
FRA 0+0 0+2 1:17:06.5
1. Sophie Boilley
FRA 0+1 0+3 1:17:06.5
1. Anais Bescond
FRA 0+2 0+1 1:17:06.5
1. Marie Dorin Habert
FRA 0+0 0+0 1:17:06.5
2. Nadezhda Skardino
BLR 0+1 0+0 1:17:09.0
2. Liudmila Kalinchik
BLR 0+0 0+2 1:17:09.0
2. Nastassia Dubarezava
BLR 0+2 0+3 1:17:09.0
2. Darya Domracheva
BLR 0+1 0+1 1:17:09.0
3. Ekaterina Glazyrina
RUS 0+2 0+1 1:17:27.9
3. Svetlana Sleptsova
RUS 0+1 0+2 1:17:27.9
3. Olga Vilukhina
RUS 0+1 0+0 1:17:27.9
4. Elise Ringen
NOR 0+1 1+3 1:17:47.1
4. Bente Landheim
NOR 1+3 0+0 1:17:47.1
4. Synnoeve Solemdal
NOR 0+1 0+2 1:17:47.1
4. Tora Berger
NOR 0+1 0+0 1:17:47.1
Men Mass start, Anterselva (ITA):
1. Andreas Birnbacher
GER 1 00.38.45,70
2. Anton Shipulin
RUS 1 00.38.45,80
3. Martin Fourcade
FRA 1 00.38.46,00
4. Fredrik Lindström
SWE 1 00.38.48,10
5. Michal Slesingr
CZE 0 00.38.58,40
6. Dmitry Malyshko
RUS 2 00.39.01,70
7. Jaroslav Soukup
CZE 2 00.39.06,60
8. Alexis Boeuf
FRA 2 00.39.17,30
9. Jakov Fak
SLO 3 00.39.18,40
10. Ole Einar Bjoerndalen
NOR 2 00.39.18,70
11. Benjamin Weger
SUI 3 00.39.18,71
12. Simon Fourcade
FRA 2 00.39.26,90
13. Michail Kletcherov
BUL 1 00.39.33,20
14. Emil Hegle Svendsen
NOR 4 00.39.41,30
15. Florian Graf
GER 3 00.39.43,30