Simon Eder narrowly missed a dream finish in the form of a medal in the last competition of the Biathlon World Cup on the Pokljuka plateau on Sunday. The 37-year-old veteran finished in fourth place in the men’s mass start over 15 km. Eder only made a mistake in the last shooting, but had to give way to the younger competitors on the trail. Above all Sturla Holm Laegreid from Norway, who won his fourth gold medal in Slovenia.
Eder, who won silver in the mixed relay together with Dunja Zdouc, mass start world champion Lisa Hauser and David Komatz, fought for medals with the local Slovenian hero Jakov Fak behind Laegreid until the last standing stage. At the last attack, the top trio had to go into the penalty loop and gambled away their lead. While Laegreid played to his strengths on the trail, Dale and Fillon Maillet caught up with the veterans in front of them and finally left them standing. Eder only tore off on the last climb.
“At 37 is already great”
Nevertheless, Eder did not mourn the narrowly missed medal – it would have been his eighth at major events. “To achieve something like this at the age of 37 is great. I also wanted to make a contribution to this historic day after gold for Lisa Hauser. Unfortunately, a few marginal hits were too many at this World Cup. The most important thing is that you can compete for the top spots, ”said the veteran in an interview with ORF.
In the mass start, the strength was no longer sufficient against the stronger runners Dale and Fillon Maillet. “I fought right up to the last climb, then unfortunately it was over. If you’ve been in the valley before, healthily, like me, then you can enjoy these heights better.
The disappointment was the single mixed competition, there would have been more to get. But I never thought that I would be contesting seven races here, so I’m looking forward to the next races again, ”said Eder.
The red-white-red team landed in fourth place in the final accounts, thanks mainly to the successes in the women’s run by Hauser with one gold and two silver medals. Number one was once again Norway with a total of seven gold, three silver and four bronze medals.