Magdalena Neuner (GER)
Darya Domracheva (BLR)
Darya Domracheva (BLR)
Tora Berger (NOR), Darya Domracheva (BLR), Kaisa Mäkäräinen (FIN)
Andreas Birnbacher (GER)
Arnd Peiffer (GER)

DARYA DOMRACHEVA WINS LAST RACE, NEUNER FINISHED SIXTH

18.03.2012
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Arnd Peiffer (GER, Fischer) secured his third podium finish within three days. He came in second again, Andi Birnbacher (GER, Fischer) secured crystal globe in mass start. Darya Domracheva (BLR, Fischer skis and boots) finished last season's race with a victory. Tora Berger (NOR, Fischer skis, boots and poles) followed by Kaisa Mäkäräinen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots). Magdalena Neuner (GER, Fischer skis and boots) claims victory at the Overall World Cup at the end of her career.
Wind influences last day in Khanty
"It went very well for me until the end and if you have a good feeling in skiing, it works. I had a very good ski and it worked well at the shooting range despite a lot of penalties. It was a great last competition", said Peiffer. Mass start was influenced by strong winds which caused a lot of penalties. Norwegian Svendsen was the best shooter today - one of only two biathletes finishing with just two misses. Arnd Peiffer missed four targets and was 23 seconds behind him but he stayed eight seconds ahead of third-placed. Shortly behind Andi Birnbacher came in with four penalties either which means he won the crystal globe for mass start World Cup. "When leaving the last standing stage I knew that it was enough to win the Cup because rank 21 would have been enough for me. During the race I was frightening when I was only 17th and Martin was in third position. I knew I had to hit the targets. I am happy that I was successful" Birnbacher said after the first crystal globe for German Ski Association for years. Dmitry Malyshko (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) finished sixth, Tarjei Boe (NOR, Fischer) came in ninth.

Audience cheers for Domracheva and Neuner
For the audience it was a day for celebrating although no Russian was in the leading positions: Belarussian local hero Darya Domracheva secured victory and mass start crystal globe after three penalties, Magdalena Neuner (GER, Fischer skis and boots) finished her great career with a Overall World Cup title in finishing sixth. "Last year I won the mass start globe and this time pursuit and mass start. That's an improvement. Now I am happy that the season is over. The winter was hard and challenging", Domracheva told who came in ten seconds ahead of Tora Berger who missed only one target. Kaisa Mäkäräinen finished third followed by Anastasiya Kuzmina (SVK, Fischer) with tw misses. Indeed Magdalena Neuner finished shortly ahead of Marie Laure Brunet, the Frenchwoman wo ranked ahead of the German due to a six seconds time adjustment. Reason for that was Andrea Henkel (GER, Fischer skis and boots) who was accidentally lying on Brunet's shooting matt and obstructed her. After her sixth place Neuner said: "For me it not only feels like finishing something, but also like a beginning. I am looking forward to everything which will follow and coming home. I did my own race today and regardless of which happed at the shooting range I made a good last race. My dream came true to win the Overall World Cup for the third time." Surprisingly strong was Norway's Tiril Eckhoff (NOR, Fischer) today who finished seventh. Despite her mishap during the first shooting when she reacted correctly and missed only one target, Andrea Henkel came in tenth after three penalties.
Men Mass start, Khanty-Mansiysk (RUS):
1. Emil Hegle Svendsen
NOR 2 00.43.15,70
2. Arnd Peiffer
GER 4 00.43.39,20
3. Anton Shipulin
RUS 2 00.43.47,50
4. Andreas Birnbacher
GER 4 00.43.51,00
5. Florian Graf
GER 4 00.43.52,80
6. Dmitry Malyshko
RUS 5 00.43.57,00
7. Lukas Hofer
ITA 4 00.44.03,80
8. Timofey Lapshin
RUS 3 00.44.06,90
9. Tarjei Boe
NOR 5 00.44.10,90
10. Evgeniy Garanichev
RUS 5 00.44.11,00
11. Fredrik Lindström
SWE 5 00.44.13,20
12. Carl Johan Bergman
SWE 4 00.44.32,30
13. Michal Slesingr
CZE 5 00.44.38,20
14. Ondrej Moravec
CZE 4 00.44.39,30
15. Martin Fourcade
FRA 6 00.44.44,20
Damen Massenstart, Khanty-Mansiysk (RUS):
1. Darya Domracheva
BLR 3 00.39.01,40
2. Tora Berger
NOR 1 00.39.11,40
3. Kaisa Mäkäräinen
FIN 4 00.39.34,00
4. Anastasiya Kuzmina
SVK 2 00.39.46,70
5. Marie Laure Brunet
FRA 1 00.39.53,00
6. Magdalena Neuner
GER 6 00.39.57,40
7. Tiril Eckhoff
NOR 1 00.40.24,40
8. Marie Dorin Habert
FRA 4 00.40.46,20
9. Zina Kocher
CAN 4 00.40.50,20
10. Andrea Henkel
GER 3 00.40.51,70
11. Vita Semerenko
UKR 3 00.40.58,70
12. Krystyna Palka
POL 3 00.41.01,00
13. Anna Bogaliy-Titovets
RUS 1 00.41.05,70
14. Franziska Hildebrand
GER 1 00.41.11,20
15. Helena Ekholm
SWE 5 00.41.15,80