Three Fischer-biathletes could make a podium in pursuit races in Hochfilzen (AUT). Tarjei Boe (NOR, Fischer) came in second. In women's pursuit Darya Domracheva (BLR, Fischer skis and boots) claimed victory, Magdalena Neuner (GER, Fischer skis and boots) finished third.
Boe beaten by Svendsen
It was an exciting race until the finish stretch in the men's Pursuit in Hochfilzen (AUT). Tarjei Boe arrived first in the stadium but he lost the last sprint just by a hair's breadth against his team mate Emil Hegle Svendsen. Boe was angry and diappointed and he hit in the snow, but some minutes later the smile was back: "I knew that I was not so strong in the finish as Emil, but the I become better and better and sometime I will be the faster one," said the second-placed. "At the start of the season, my shooting was
not so fast. I have been working on my speed and relaxation on the
shooting range. Today, in an individual start like this, under a lot of
pressure, I was really relaxed until that standing stage; then I tried
to shoot fast and missed that shot. But only one penalty in two standing
stages is still pretty good."
Local hero Daniel Mesotitsch (AUT, Fischer skis and boots) likewise showed a great race and finished in sixth place thanks to a clean shooting. Arnd Peiffer (GER, Fischer) and Björn Ferry (SWE, Fischer skis and boots) came in ninth and tenth.
Three girls ahead after last shooting
This race was as thrilling as men's race. Darya Domracheva, Magdalena Neuner and Russian Olga Zaitseva left the stadium together after the last shooting and fighted for positions. In the final stretch Belarussian Domracheva celebrated victory ahead of Zaitseva, Neuner came in third. "After the shooting I noticed that I won't have enough energy to follow the others. The Russians are in good shape and Domracheva is always very fast. During the last shooting I felt my nerves", said Neuner.
Henkel ahead of Bogaliy-Titovets and Vilukhina
Andrea Henkel (GER, Fischer skis and boots) secured forth place in the final stretch ahead of her brand mate Anna Bogaliy-Titovets (RUS, Fischer). Olga Vilukhina (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) came in sixh. Tora Berger (NOR, Fischer skis, boots and poles) finished ninth ahead of Anastasiya Kuzmina (SVK, Fischer).