Gold for Tarjei Boe in the Mass Start
|17.02.2013, Nove Mesto na Morave / IBU Info JK|
|Fast Standing Shooting|
|Norway's Tarjei Boe gave Norway another Gold medal by claiming the men's mass start World Championship in 36:15.8, with clean shooting. Second went to Russia's Anton Shipulin with one penalty, 3.7 seconds back. The Bronze medal went to Boe's teammate, Emil Hegle Svendsen, with one penalty, 7.4 seconds back.|
Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic finished fourth, with one penalty, 10.4 seconds back. Germany's Erik Lesser finished fifth, with one penalty, 12.8 seconds back, while Dominik Landertinger of Austria was sixth, with one penalty, 16.7 seconds back.
Conditions were just as good for the men today as the women three hours earlier. In the first loop, there were at least two crashes, but both were just behind the lead group.
Fourteen Clean in First Prone
In the first standing stage, fourteen men shot clean and went out within 11 seconds, with Henrik L'Abbe Lund, Jakov Fak and Shipulin in the top three spots. L'Abbe Lund led the 10 men who shot clean in the second prone out for the next loop. By the time the field reached the first standing stage, Fourcade was was back near the top, shooting clean again, as did Andi Birnbacher, Boe,Lowell Bailey and Bjorn Ferry. Leaving the stadium, Boe led with Birnbacher and Fourcade right behind him. At this point, only Boe, Bailey and Ferry were clean through three stages. As soon as they hit the tracks, Fourcade aggressively pulled to the front as he had done several times in earlier loops, trying to assert himself and push the pace.
Boe Shoots Clean; Takes the Victory
There were still thirteen men within 14 seconds and having a medal shot as they set up for the final standing stage. Boe cleaned very fast, while Fourcade had a single penalty. Svendsen, Ferry, Lesser, Moravec and Shipulin all left just behind the young Norwegian. Fourcade was now was in 10th position 23 seconds back. The shooting contest was now over and the ski race was starting. Boe was pulling away as Svendsen and Shipulin battled for second place, seven seconds back. Svendsen and Shipulin were closing with a kilometer to go. Boe powered up the final hill and claimed the Gold. Shipulin passed Svendsen in the final 500meters to earn the Silver medal.
Boe commented on his win and tactics. "A lot of people had a chance in the last shooting, about ten. I shot so fast that I got the victory. It was five seconds faster than the others. Fast shooting was my tactic today to beat the others... Winning three Golds was something that I never expected before the season."
Svendsen admitted to being tired today. "It was a little bit of a hard day, but to have a bronze medal on a day that I did not feel so good is still a good day.' He added, regarding the fight for the Yellow Bib with Martin Fourcade, "He is now the favorite since he added to his lead because of my illness. Still, there are a lot of races left."
This competition concluded the 2013 IBU World Championships. The E.ON IBU World Cup circuit now takes a break until the next competitions in Oslo starting on February 28.