Andreas Birnbacher (GER)
Ole Einar Bjoerndalen (NOR), Andreas Birnbacher (GER), Simon Fourcade (FRA) ((l-r)
Andreas Birnbacher (GER), Simon Fourcade (FRA)
Helena Ekholm (SWE)
Darya Domracheva (BLR)
Helena Ekholm (SWE), Olga Zaitseva (RUS), Darya Domracheva (BLR) (l-r)

ANDI BIRNBACHER CELEBRATES HIS SECOND WORLD CUP VICTORY IN PURSUIT

17.12.2011
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Andreas Birnbacher (GER, Fischer) secured victory in pursuit race in Hochfilzen. Frenchman Simon Fourcade (FRA, Fischer skis and boots) made a podium. In women's race Helena Ekholm (SWE, Fischer skis and boots) finished second ahead of Darya Domracheva (BLR, Fischer skis and boots).
Three athletes fighting for victory
After the last shooting Andreas Birnbacher, Simon Fourcade and Ole Einar Bjoerndalen were fighting hard for the victory. The German celebrated his second victory in the final stretch, Frenchman Fourcade came in third. "I had a great feeling and great skis, a great race! Nobody wanted to take the lead and later I won't let anyone pass. Four clear shootings are excellent, of course", said Birnbacher. Simon Fourcade missed one target and finished third ahead of Tarjei Boe (NOR, Fischer). Simon Eder (AUT, Fischer skis and boots) came in sixth, Alexey Volkov (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) finished tenth.

Two Fischer-biathletes jumps the podium
Helena Ekholm from Sweden who jumped the podium in sprint race secured a podium today, too. She missed one target and finished second ahead of Darya Domracheva. The Belarussin celebrated another top three-result for the team of coach Klaus Siebert. Tora Berger (NOR, Fischer skis, boots and poles) showed a great chase, missed only one target in the first shooting and stayed clear in the other shootings. The Norwegian came in fourth due to a great last lap ahead of Kaisa Mäkäräinen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots) and Andrea Henkel (GER, Fischer skis and boots). Anna Bogaliy-Titovets (RUS, Fischer) finished seventh, Olga Vilukhina (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) came in ninth ahead of Vita Semerenko (UKR, Fischer).
Pursuit Men, Hochfilzen (AUT):
1. Andreas Birnbacher
GER 0 00.35.40,30
2. Ole Einar Bjoerndalen
NOR 0 00.35.40,50
3. Simon Fourcade
FRA 1 00.35.41,60
4. Tarjei Boe
NOR 3 00.36.10,40
5. Benjamin Weger
SUI 1 00.36.19,10
6. Simon Eder
AUT 1 00.36.24,60
7. Martin Fourcade
FRA 4 00.36.30,20
8. Jean Philippe Leguellec
CAN 0 00.36.31,70
9. Jay Hakkinen
USA 0 00.36.35,50
10. Alexey Volkov
RUS 3 00.36.42,50
11. Evgeny Ustyugov
RUS 4 00.36.44,50
12. Jean Guillaume Beatrix
FRA 4 00.36.53,50
13. Andrei Makoveev
RUS 4 00.36.57,20
14. Olexander Bilanenko
UKR 0 00.36.59,00
15. Ivan Joller
SUI 1 00.37.03,80
Pursuit Women, Hochfilzen (AUT):
1. Olga Zaitseva
RUS 0 00.31.52,20
2. Helena Ekholm
SWE 1 00.32.21,30
3. Darya Domracheva
BLR 3 00.32.36,90
4. Tora Berger
NOR 1 00.32.55,60
5. Kaisa Mäkäräinen
FIN 4 00.33.06,00
6. Andrea Henkel
GER 1 00.33.13,60
7. Anna Bogaliy-Titovets
RUS 0 00.33.30,60
8. Marie Dorin Habert
FRA 2 00.33.34,10
9. Olga Vilukhina
RUS 3 00.33.41,10
10. Vita Semerenko
UKR 2 00.33.48,10
11. Jialin Tang
CHN 1 00.34.10,10
12. Magdalena Neuner
GER 6 00.34.10,60
13. Krystyna Palka
POL 3 00.34.15,30
14. Marie Laure Brunet
FRA 2 00.34.27,80
15. Synnoeve Solemdal
NOR 5 00.35.00,00