Dhe former world champion Benedikt Doll (Breitnau) has given the German biathletes the fourth podium in series. The 29-year-old finished third in the home world cup in Ruhpolding in the sprint over ten kilometers after a flawless shooting performance. For his second win of the season, Doll, who had won the sprint at Le Grand Bornand in France before Christmas, was twelve seconds short.
Frenchman Martin Fourcade also had his third success in a row. For the five-time Olympic champion, it was the 76th World Cup victory in his career. Fourcades compatriot Quentin Fillon Maillet (0 penalties) finished second, 8.9 seconds ahead of Doll. The Norwegian Johannes Thingnes Bö was missing in Ruhpolding: he had become a father on Tuesday.
“You can say that it went pretty well,” said Doll after the tenth podium of his career on ZDF: “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 finished seventh and Johannes Kühn (Reit im Winkl) the ninth German team result. The 26-year-old Nawrath, who had joined the team for the weak Simon Schempp, also remained without a penalty and was the fifth German to meet the World Cup standard.
The three German men have a promising starting position for the persecution on Sunday. They also confirmed their overall good shape since the turn of the year. Last week at the home races in Oberhof, Kühn took third place in the sprint and the relay, and Arnd Peiffer (Clausthal-Zellerfeld) came second in the mass start.