French biathlete Martin Fourcade won the first individual race of the season at the opening world Cup in Ostersund, Sweden. The favourites overcame a 20-kilometer distance in 51 minutes, 33.8 seconds, with two penalties on the shooting range.
The second, also with two penalties became the Norwegian Johannes Bø (+29,5), rounded out the top three with one penalty the Belarusian chepelin Vladimir (+1.24,3), bringing his team to second consecutive gold medal.
The best result among the Russians showed the leader of the team Anton Shipulin (+3.04,1; 4 penalties), which became 11-m. Maxim Tsvetkov finished 22nd, Evgeny Garanichev – 23-m, Yuri Shopin – 50-m, Anton Babikov – 57-m, and Dmitry Malyshko – 80s.
Shipulin in the final rack is about the same time as Fourcade, but made three times and the result was not even in the top ten of the final Protocol.
“Unfortunately, it came to the last turn, has not coped with the wind. It was a very good wind, it was necessary to shoot in their typical form, there was no need to wait – I already knew then. Then I tried to fight with the wind, but nothing good ever came of it. You can shoot one or at least two penalties, then the result would be better” – quoted Shipulina , the press service of the RBU.
Note difficult weather conditions: clean failed any of the races.