The German biathletes made amends for the sprint debacle on Friday at the last World Cup of the year in Hochfilzen in pursuit. Benedikt Doll improved to 13th place in the victory of Norwegian Sturla Holm Laegreid, after no DSV athlete had made it into the top 20 in the sprint.
Laegreid, who had already won the sprint, celebrated his third win of the season with a shooting error after 12.5 km in 31: 14.9 minutes ahead of the French World Pursuit Champion Emilien Jacquelin (0 / + 8.5 seconds) and Dominator Johannes Thingnes gust (3 / 8.9). Doll, still in 23rd place in the sprint, crossed the finish line with two shooting errors, 1: 34.7 minutes behind.
Erik Lesser (+1: 52.8) managed to jump from 46th place to 20th with a flawless performance at the shooting range. Olympic champion Arnd Peiffer (2/2: 12.6), 22nd in the sprint, couldn’t get past 24th place. Johannes Kühn (4/3: 59.6) was 46.
“I’m very happy that it was 13th place,” said Doll on ARD. Lesser was “quite satisfied”, although he crashed on the first lap and felt “a bit tired”.
Roman Rees and Philipp Horn did not qualify for the pursuit after finishing above the top 60 in the sprint. At the end of the year on Sunday, the first mass start races of the winter for men (12 p.m.) and women (2:25 p.m. / both ARD and Eurosport) are on the program.
Biathlon pursuit in Hochfilzen: result
|1||Sturla Holm Laegreid||0+0+1+0||31:14,9|
|2||Emilien Jacquelin||0+0+0+0||+ 8,5|
|3||Johannes Thingnes Bö||2+0+1+0||+ 8,9|
|4||Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen||0+0+0+0||+ 13,0|
|5||Martin Ponsiluoma||0+0+0+0||+ 15,7|
|6||Johannes Dale||0+0+3+1||+ 38,6|
|7||Tarjei Bö||0+0+1+0||+ 41,0|
|8||Quentin Fillon Maillet||1+1+0+0||+ 1:08,3|
|9||Simon Eder||0+0+0+0||+ 1:10,0|
|10||Jakov Fak||0+0+1+0||+ 1:15,9|