Doll is on target
Benedikt Doll has meanwhile also reached the finish and is in the best position 36.3 seconds behind Laegreid. One can already say that the result will look significantly better than last week.
Bø leads after first shooting
Johannes Thingnes Bø shows that he should also be on the bill today. The first time he visits the shooting range, he sinks all the shots and is currently 3.7 seconds ahead of the Italian Hofer. The ÖSV starter Felix Leitner also made no mistakes.
While Arnd Peiffer is currently finishing second, Erik Lesser still has every chance of a good result. He was just at the second shooting, hit everything again and moved up to second place behind Laegreid, 13.6 seconds behind.
Sturla Holm Laegreid at the finish
Sturla Holm Laegreid reached the finish line with a total time of 24: 56.0 seconds and will now be the benchmark for the other athletes.
False start for Eder
So it should already be clear that there isn’t much left for Simon Eder today. With two mistakes in prone he will not be able to repair much as a weaker runner today.
Komatz starts with an error
David Komatz was at his prone position, but has to start the sprint race with a mistake. As a result, the rather slower runner drops to 29th place and is 47.3 seconds behind. Things went much better for Benjamin Weger, who started with five goals and position nine in the interim standings.
Claude shoots himself out
No athlete wants to start the competition like this. Claude made three mistakes when he was not touching the couch and was washed back a long way from the start. Benedikt Doll, for his part, was already at the second shooting, in which he made a mistake. Currently position five means him.
The next favorite is on the way
While the first starters have reached the finish, Johannes Thingnes Bø, the next favorite, has entered the race. Shortly after him, Felix Leitner from the ÖSV team started the ten kilometers.
Peiffer sinks every shot
Arnd Peiffer, for his part, was at his standing position and he is also impressive! Five shots, five hits. This makes him the first pursuer of Laegreid.
It’s Lesser’s turn
At the first shooting, Erik Lesser is very close to the Norwegian, who continues to lead there. With five hits he is only 2.5 seconds behind.
Laegreid hits everything again!
Sturla Holm Laegreid made it to the second shooting and the Norwegian kept the clean slate even in the standing position. As the first starter in the field, he manages to walk away from both shoots with five hits and so he is currently in first position with a large lead.
Error at Rees!
Pity! Roman Rees was really good at it, now he has to turn into the penalty loop when standing, which takes a lot of time. He ranks back in fifth position. Only eleven of the 100 athletes made it through here. At this point, Guigonnat is leading ahead of Lemmerer.
Doll in the prone position
Benedikt Doll was there on the track and everything fits together with him even at the first shooting. With five hits he is 6.6 seconds behind Laegreid, who continues there.
Dale and Lesser out and about
While Peiffer and Laegreid were at their first shooting, Lesser and Dale set off at the start. 43 athletes are already in the race.
Peiffer follows suit!
Arnd Peiffer shows that he would like to forget last week’s sprint result today. The DSV man is in no way inferior to his Norwegian competitor and takes second position just behind Laegreid in the meantime after the first shooting. In the ranking after the second shooting, Lemmerer from the ÖSV team is currently leading.
The favorite wins
Sturla Holm Laegreid was at the same time with his first attack and the Norwegian completed it as strong as a bear! The rhythm is right and all five cartridges are quickly sunk. With a lead of 16.9 seconds he goes back on the track.
Second shooting for Wiestner
Serafin Wiestner has already reached his second shooting, but this time the Swiss does not come through cleanly either. He made another mistake and had to go back to the penalty loop.
Only four starters without errors
16 starters have already got through in the first shooting, but only four of them have stayed clear. Among them was Roman Rees. Wiestner and Lemmerer each shot one mistake.
First shooting for Rees
Roman Rees was the first German starter to reach the prone position and did not make a bad start. All cartridges find their target and he takes second place in the interim standings, 8.1 seconds behind. Meanwhile Benedikt Doll started the race.
Guigonnat sits down at one
Antonin Guigonnat, however, ensures the change at the top a little later. He also hits all the targets, but was also significantly faster than Trsan on the track. With a lead of 19.5 seconds, he takes first place.
Trsan with five hits
The Slovenian Rok Trsan is the first starter to manage to finish the first shooting with a series. However, the Slovenian does not make it to the top due to its slow running time.
The first favorite is on the way
With Sturla Holm Laegreid, the first big favorite has just entered the race. Last week, the 23-year-old youngster from the Norwegian team finished third in the sprint but then won the pursuit. Let’s see how far ahead it will go for him this time. In just over a minute, Arnd Peiffer will follow him as the next DSV starter.
Wiestner with penalty loop
Sergey Bocharnikov is the first athlete to go to the shooting range, but books the penalty loop once. Shortly afterwards, the Swiss Wiestner is also at his first shooting. But even with him a disc remains and it is time to complete the penalty loop.
Rees in the race
Now the first German athlete has also walked the ten kilometers. Last week Roman Rees had to watch in Oberhof, this week he has another chance to prove himself.
Run through the first split
Some athletes have already gone through the first intermediate period. That is already at 800 meters and should be less decisive for the real balance of power.
First ÖSV man on the trail
The first Austrian is also on the road with Harald Lemmerer. For him, too, it is important to make significant gains compared to the previous week. There was only a disappointing 91st place in the sprint.
Here we go!
The race is on and Sergey Bocharnikov from Belarus is the first to start the ten kilometers. Serafin Wiestner from the Swiss team will soon follow him. He will certainly try everything to get a better sprint result today than last week when he was only 54th.
Last weekend the athletes in Oberhof encountered laboratory conditions, this week it will be a little more difficult at the shooting range and the wind is blowing the starters at slightly higher speeds around the ears. The temperatures are still crisp with a few degrees below zero.
Burkhalter’s season debut
There are changes in the Swiss team in the second week of Oberhof and the fourth man alongside Serafin Wiestner, Benjamin Weger and Jeremy Finello has been replaced. Joscha Burkhalter, for whom it will be the first competitions this season, slips in for Sebastian Stalder.
What’s in it for ÖSV athletes?
Even the Austrian men could not cover themselves with fame last weekend. The weaknesses are mainly in cross-country skiing, where almost everyone in the team leaves the competition. Harald Lemmerer, David Komatz, Simon Eder, Felix Leitner and Patrick Jakob are at the start of today’s sprint.
DSV team with a poor record
For the German team, the record at the home World Cup in Oberhof is anything but good and not much came out of it last week. In the second week there are now changes in the team. Simon Schempp and Lucas Fratzscher were removed from the list. In return, Johannes Kühn and Roman Rees should now have the chance to recommend themselves. In addition, the team remains unchanged and Arnd Peiffer, Benedikt Doll as well as Erik Lesser and Philipp Horn complete the team.
Continuation of the Norwegian Festival?
So far Oberhof has turned out to be a good place for the Norwegian biathletes, who already have an outstanding team density this season. In the individual competitions, the ski nation was able to record a triple victory. Only in the mixed did you lose your feathers, but in the end stood on the podium despite big mistakes. A record with which Norway is still the favorites today, especially since the sprint wins this season always went to the Vikings. Johannes Thingnes Bø is without a doubt the hottest iron in the fire, but it is also important to keep an eye on his older brother Tarjei as well as Johannes Dale and the shooting star Sturla Holm Lægreid.
Hello and welcome to the second part of the World Cup in Oberhof. After being guests in Thuringia last week, the next competitions are due in the next few days. At the beginning there is the men’s sprint over the ten kilometers. At 2:30 p.m., the first starter takes to the track.
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