Andrea Henkel (GER)
Darya Domracheva (BLR), Andrea Henkel (GER), Teja Gregorin (SLO) (l-r)
Teja Gregorin (SLO), Darya Domracheva (BLR)
Andreas Birnbacher (GER)
Andreas Birnbacher (GER)

ANDREA HENKEL SUCCEEDS IN MASS START AT HOLMENKOLLEN, BIRNBACHER SECOND

05.02.2012
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Andrea Henkel (GER, Fischer skis and boots) claimed victory in mass start in Oslo. She celebrated her 21th World Cup victory followed by Darya Domracheva (BLR, Fischer skis and boots) and Teja Gregorin (SLO, Fischer). Andreas Birnbacher (GER, Fischer) was beaten shortly in men's mass start.
First season's win for Henkel
"Andrea fighted hard for this victory. She had great results but made only one podium this year" said her coach Gerald Hönig. The Thuringian missed only one target and shortened the gap after her penalty second by second. She secured victory 26 seconds ahead of three chaser Darya Domracheva, Teja Gregorin und Helena Ekholm (SWE, Fischer skis and boots). "I felt better than yesterday and picked up only one penalty. After the miss Tora helped me to close the gap to the leaders who cleared all targets", Henkel said. "I tried to keep calm at the shooting range and in skiing it was strange to be alone." In absens of affected Magdalena Neuner (GER, Fischer skis and boots) Darya Domracheva showed the best skiing time and made a podium after four penalties. Clear-shooting Gregorin had a good final lap but the Belarussian was much better, of course. Olga Vilukhina (RUS, Fischer) came in sixth while Kaisa Mäkäräinen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots) and Tora Berger (NOR, Fischer skis, boots and poles) finished only ninth and eleventh after five misses, Krystyna Palka (POL, Fischer) was tenth.

Birnbacher completes a "very successful weekend" in second position
Five victories and a second place is the result of the German Fischer-biathletes at biathlon World Cup in Oslo - a more than satisfying result. "We had a very successful weekend here in Oslo in women's and men's races and now it is good to have a Norwegian winner at their home World Cup," German coach Mark Kirchner said after Svendsens victory. "Andi didn't feel well in skiing the whole week and was a bit sick at the beginning of the week. Therefor he did very good races this week", Kirchner complimented and announced a competition break for Birnbacher, Peiffer and maybee Schempp (all GER, Fischer) in Kontiolahti. Birnbacher cleared all targets but he didn't feel well in skiing so he was very satisfied with his result. He was only a few seconds behind the winner. "I didn't expect to beat Emil (Svendsen). I noticed that he stayed behind and saved himself. So I tried to keep the pace up so noone could catch me up", Birnbacher told. "It was a tough race for me. I was affected the last days and considered if I should start or not and now I am glad that I did it." Dmitry Malyshko (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) secured a great fourth place, his team mate Evgeny Ustyugov (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) came in sixth ahead of Jakov Fak (SLO, Fischer). Tarjei Boe (NOR, Fischer) finished ninth.
Women mass start, Oslo (NOR):
1. Andrea Henkel
GER 1 00.38.01,20
2. Darya Domracheva
BLR 4 00.38.27,80
3. Teja Gregorin
SLO 0 00.38.28,40
4. Helena Ekholm
SWE 1 00.38.32,50
5. Marie Laure Brunet
FRA 0 00.38.41,90
6. Olga Vilukhina
RUS 1 00.38.44,30
7. Synnoeve Solemdal
NOR 2 00.38.48,40
8. Marie Dorin Habert
FRA 1 00.39.00,60
9. Kaisa Mäkäräinen
FIN 5 00.39.08,80
10. Krystyna Palka
POL 2 00.39.13,60
11. Tora Berger
NOR 5 00.39.21,70
12. Anastasiya Kuzmina
SVK 4 00.39.24,40
13. Tina Bachmann
GER 3 00.39.30,60
14. Veronika Vitkova
CZE 2 00.40.03,40
15. Franziska Hildebrand
GER 2 00.40.07,00
Men mass start, Oslo (NOR):
1. Emil Hegle Svendsen
NOR 2 00.40.44,10
2. Andreas Birnbacher
GER 0 00.40.50,30
3. Evgeniy Garanichev
RUS 2 00.41.01,80
4. Dmitry Malyshko
RUS 1 00.41.10,70
5. Martin Fourcade
FRA 3 00.41.21,10
6. Evgeny Ustyugov
RUS 4 00.41.24,70
7. Jakov Fak
SLO 3 00.41.39,00
8. Tim Burke
USA 3 00.41.44,10
9. Tarjei Boe
NOR 2 00.41.54,70
10. Brendan Green
CAN 2 00.41.57,60
11. Benjamin Weger
SUI 2 00.41.58,50
12. Jean Philippe Leguellec
CAN 2 00.42.09,80
13. Alexey Volkov
RUS 2 00.42.20,60
14. Lowell Bailey
USA 4 00.42.32,30
15. Anton Shipulin
RUS 3 00.42.38,80