Fourcade Runs Away in Oslo Pursuit
|02.03.2013, Oslo / IBU Info JK|
|Two Penalties, but a Comfortable Win|
|France’s Martin Fourcade had just two penalties on a windy afternoon and won the men’s 12.5K pursuit in a comfortable 33:48.2. Second went to the sprint winner, Tarjei Boe of Norway, also with two penalties, 27.7 seconds back. Russia’s Alexandr Loginov scored his first World Cup podium in third place, with three penalties, 35.5 seconds back.|
Germany’s Arnd Peiffer finished fourth, with two penalties, 47.2 seconds back. Loginov’s Teammate Alexey Volkov finished fifth, with two penalties, 1:02.8 back. Austria’s Simon Eder was sixth, also with two penalties, 1:11.1 back.
Well-used Penalty Loop
The men encountered similar conditions to women as far the shooting conditions were concerned; bursts of hard wind and then virtually none. Still the penalty loop was well used once again.
Boe and Fourcade skied side-by-side for the first loop and shot clean almost in the same rhythm. In the second prone, Boe had two penalties while Fourcade had one. They remained one and two as Eder moved up to third and Fourcade’s brother Simon jumped into fourth. In the first standing stage, Martin cleaned, as did Boe. the young Russian Loginov moved into third as Eder slipped to fourth with a penalty. The older Fourcade had three penalties and fell back into eighth.
Martin Fourcade was in total control, with a lead of more than a minute as they went into the final standing stage. He was very businesslike on the shooting range, missing the first shot, but staying calm and hitting the next four. One tour of the penalty loop and first place was decided. Boe also missed one, as did Loginov. Peiffer cleaned and left the stadium just four seconds behind the young Russian, as the only possible challenger for the podium. Still Loginov managed to pull away and grab third place.
Good Shooting: Key to Success
Like Tora Berger earlier, he met King Harald V of Norway today after the victory ceremony and presented him with a pair of his competition skis. "Meeting the king was really cool...I gave my French skis to the King of Norway."
Boe was disappointed in his effort today. "I was a bit tired in the sprint. But today I felt Martin was stronger than me today. Not a little bit stronger; he is much stronger than me I was just lucky to win second...I am a little disappointed in myself."
Loginov, the IBU World Junior Sprint and Pursuit Champion this year was almost overwhelmed, smiling broadly. "You always have big goals and being on the podium was one of them... I cannot express my feelings, being here, shooting and skiing at this level."