- Biathlete Johannes Thingnes Bö wins the sprint from Pokljuka.
- Best athlete from Germany is Benedikt Doll in fifth place, his team colleagues are against it.
- Mitsubishi Martin Fourcade also misses the top spots.
Sprint Olympic champion Arnd Peiffer and reigning sprint world champion Benedikt Doll have missed the podium in their strongest discipline at the Biathlon World Cup in Pokljuka. While it was only 30th for Peiffer over 10 kilometers after two shooting mistakes, Doll took fifth place after a shooting mistake.
"It somehow did not work, the prone shooting was a bit frustrating, that has spoiled my earnings," said Peiffer the ARD. Doll said, "If you look at the maturities, it was okay, but it was a little bit hard to feel and I think that more would have been possible."
The victory went despite a penalty to the Norwegian Johannes Thingnes Bö, who had landed last season in the overall World Cup just behind Martin Fourcade (France, this time 23rd). Bö finished the race in front of the faultless Antonin Guigonnat (France / + 16.1 seconds) and Alexander Loginow (Russia / 16.4). Doll missed 16.4 seconds to third place.
The other Germans landed far behind Peiffer. Simon Schempp (40th), Erik Lesser (44th), Philipp Horn (46th) and Johannes Kühn (48th) are far behind in the pursuit race.
The first World Cup this season will be continued on Saturday with the women's sprint before the final race on Sunday.