Martin Fourcade won the men’s sprint in Ruhpolding. The multiple biathlon Olympic champion and world champion from France prevailed over the ten kilometers after strong mileage and without mistakes at the shooting range against the competition on Thursday. Second was his compatriot Quentin Fillon Maillet (+3.5 seconds) ahead of Benedikt Doll (+12.0), who also remained flawless.
Fourcade thus confirmed its outstanding shape in the absence of its largest competitor Johannes Bø from Norway. He had already won two races last weekend in Oberhof and has now taken the lead again in the overall World Cup. Bø had become a father on Tuesday for the first time and had therefore left out both World Cups in Germany.
Third place for Deutsche Doll was the second top placement this winter after winning the sprint at Le Grand Bornand in France before Christmas. “You can say that it went pretty well,” said Doll after the race on ZDF, which had been followed by 11,000 spectators in the Chiemgau Arena. “If I cheat at a very high level, I was too slow at the shooting range. There would have been potential in it.”
Philipp Nawrath (0 / + 24.6) in seventh and Johannes Kühn (1 / + 32.0) in nine also achieved decent results. The other Germans, however, missed the front ranks despite ideal conditions. Roman Rees finished 19th (0 / + 58.5), Arnd Peiffer 22nd (/+1:05.0) and Philipp Horn 24th (+1: 09.5). Simon Schempp and Erik Lesser did not take part in the race due to the ongoing search for form.
On Friday (2.30 p.m., TV: ZDF) the women in Ruhpolding will contest their relay, on Saturday (2.15 p.m.) the men will also be in demand in the relay. This is followed by the two pursuit races on Sunday. There are only four weeks left until the season’s highlight: The World Cup will take place this year in Antholz, Italy (February 13-23).