After a protest and a time credit given by the jury to the Norwegian Biathlon Mixed-Team has won the gold medal at the World Championships in Ruhpolding. Tora Berger (Fischer skis, boots and poles) already made a big move towards the victory on the first leg.
start, bad luck, happy end
as the athlete on the first leg had put big pressure on her rivals by running
fast and shooting fast and clean. She handed over a huge time gap to her
colleague Synnoeve Solemdal, who could defend the first position. But after
that Ole Einar Bjoerndalen had to do a penalty loop after his standing shooting
and Norway dropped back into second position. But already during the race after
a protest by the Norwegian team it turned out that his miss was just because of
a broken target. So it was unimportant that Emil Hegle Svendsen crossed the
finish line in second place. Thanks to a time credit of 25 seconds the Norwegians
were awarded the World Championship title.
Slovenia, bad luck for Germany
surprise of the day was definitely the Slovenian team. Andreja Mali, Teja Gregorin, Klemen Bauer and Jakov
Fak (all Fischer) speeded forward to first place at the finish line and were just
put to second place because of the time credit for Norway. Also the German team
was unlucky. Arnd Peiffer (Fischer) came to the last shooting in first position
but had to go for one penalty loop afterwards. So he and his colleagues Andrea
Henkel, Magdalena Neuner (both Fischer skis and boots) and Andi Birnbacher
(Fischer) dropped back to third position.