After winning the men’s relay and Arnd Peiffer’s third place in the sprint, the German biathlon men missed the podium for the first time in the Nove Mesto pursuit. Still, they landed far ahead.
The German biathletes Benedikt Doll and Arnd Peiffer missed another podium at the World Cup in Nove Mesto. In the pursuit over 12.5 km, Peiffer had to be content with tenth place despite an excellent starting position in the victory of the Norwegian Tarjei Bö, Doll finished eighth.
“I’m very satisfied,” said Doll on ZDF: “The one mistake I made threw me out of the hot race. If you can keep up with that, it’s really fun.”
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Bö celebrated his third win of the season with a miss in 28: 17.3 minutes, just ahead of his brother Johannes Thingnes Bö (2 / + 8.2 seconds) and sprint winner Simon Desthieux (2 / + 11.5) from France. Doll (2 / + 15.5), still sixth in the sprint, was four seconds short of the podium.
For Peiffer (+37.2), who entered the trail in third place, four seconds behind, three mistakes on the shooting range were too many. Erik Lesser (2 / + 1: 23.7 minutes) again showed a good performance and finished 15th after a 14th place in the sprint. Philipp Nawrath (2 / + 2: 00.7), who triumphed as the final runner with the relay on Friday, started a race to catch up from 53rd place and scored 29th World Cup points.
Part two of the event in Nove Mesto is on the program for the coming week (March 11-14) before the World Cup final takes place in Östersund, Sweden (March 19-21).