Björn Ferry (SWE)
Anton Shipulin (RUS), Björn Ferry (SWE), Arnd Peiffer (GER) (l-r)
Anton Shipulin (RUS)
Arnd Peiffer (GER)
Nadezhda Skardino (BLR)
Kaisa Mäkäräinen (FIN)


Björn Ferry (SWE, Fischer skis and boots) was able to celebrate his sixth ever World Cup victory on Pokljuka (SLO). Second went to Anton Shipulin (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) followed by Arnd Peiffer (GER, Fischer). In women's sprint Nadezhda Skardino (BLR, Fischer skis, boots and poles) missed her first World Cup win for the second time this winter and finished third.
Four biathletes within 2.9 seconds
Four athletes within 2.9 seconds: Men's sprint race on Pokljuka was a really tight race with stormy conditions. Björn Ferry himself was very surprised about his success despite one miss: "I like this high altitude, but only that was not the reason for my success because in Sochi I didn't make a medal. I like these trees, that's lile in Sweden. My plan was as usual to speed up in my last loop but I would have never thought to be in the lead with one miss. Everything is very tight today!", the Swede stated. For him it was his first World Cup triumph since three years when he succeeded in Ruhpolding pursuit. Just a few wekks before that victory he won another World Cup race: Also sprint race on Pokljuka. Second in today's race went to Russia's Anton Shipulin who needed many seconds for shooting to avoid the worst gusts of wind. With this tactics he was successful and hit all ten targets and was just 1.5 seconds behind the Swede after crossing the line. Third-placed Arnd Peiffer also missed one target but despite his cold last week he was fast enough to secure a podium spot. Clear shooting Dmitry Malyshko (RUS, Fischer) missed the podium by just 0.2 seconds. Latvia's Andrejs Rastorgujevs (LAT, Fischer skis and boots) was ranked ninth.

Skardino again missed her first success
At sensational success of 23-year-old former cross-country skier Katharina Innerhofer (AUT) Nadezhda Skardino made another podium this winter after an excellent shooting performance, just twelve seconds behind winning Austrian. Behind the Belarussian Kaisa Mäkäräinen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots) came in fourth despite two misses in challenging wind conditions. Tora Berger (NOR, Fischer skis, boots and poles) and Tiril Eckhoff (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) recieved two penalties as well and finished sixth and seventh followed by Liudmila Kalinchik (BLR, Fischer skis, boots and poles). Mari Laukkanen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots) archieved her lifetime's best finishing ninth.
Sprint Men, Pokljuka (SLO):
1. Björn Ferry
SWE 1 00.25.03,50
2. Anton Shipulin
RUS 0 00.25.05,00
3. Arnd Peiffer
GER 1 00.25.06,20
4. Dmitry Malyshko
RUS 0 00.25.06,40
5. Dominik Landertinger
AUT 1 00.25.20,80
6. Ole Einar Bjørndalen
NOR 1 00.25.20,90
7. Martin Fourcade
FRA 2 00.25.24,20
8. Lukas Hofer
ITA 1 00.25.27,50
9. Andrejs Rastorgujevs
LAT 1 00.25.35,90
10. Jean Guillaume Beatrix
FRA 2 00.25.42,60
11. Friedrich Pinter
AUT 1 00.25.47,40
12. Lowell Bailey
USA 1 00.25.49,80
13. Evgeny Ustyugov
RUS 1 00.25.50,00
14. Fredrik Lindström
SWE 3 00.25.50,20
15. Jakov Fak
SLO 3 00.25.55,70
Sprint Damen, Pokljuka (SLO):
1. Katharina Innerhofer
AUT 0 00.21.19,10
2. Daria Virolaynen
RUS 0 00.21.28,30
3. Nadezhda Skardino
BLR 0 00.21.31,20
4. Kaisa Mäkäräinen
FIN 2 00.21.46,10
5. Dorothea Wierer
ITA 1 00.21.49,90
6. Tora Berger
NOR 2 00.21.55,30
7. Tiril Eckhoff
NOR 2 00.21.59,30
8. Liudmila Kalinchik
BLR 0 00.22.04,10
9. Mari Laukkanen
FIN 1 00.22.10,60
10. Marte Olsbu
NOR 1 00.22.11,40
11. Magdalena Gwizdoń
POL 1 00.22.14,60
12. Vita Semerenko
UKR 0 00.22.15,00
13. Iana Romanova
RUS 2 00.22.19,30
14. Olga Vilukhina
RUS 1 00.22.20,20
15. Nicole Gontier
ITA 2 00.22.23,90