Carl Johan Bergman and Magdalena Neuner have each won both of the Sprint competitions so far this season after victories today at IBU World Cup #2 in Hochfilzen, Austria.
It was a glorious day for a competition in Hochfilzen with the sun shining brightly on recently fallen snow. Conditions were good for shooting, with many competitors hitting all ten targets. Tomorrow’s Pursuit competitions should be good with many athletes starting close together.
All three Men on the podium shot clean. Bergman was the fastest on skis, finishing 9.2 seconds ahead of Andrei Makoveev and 19.6 seconds ahead of Benjamin Weger.
Lowell Bailey remains on a roll, finishing in in 14th (+52.4, one penalty). Brendan Green continues to impress as the strongest Canadian with a 34th place finish (+1:17.6, no penalties). Tim Burke in 42nd (+1:36.6, three penalties) and Jay Hakkinen in 45th (+1:45.8, two penalties) also qualified for tomorrow’s Pursuit.
Scott Perras was 74th (+2:37.3, three penalties), JP Le Guellec was 87th (+2:59.5, four penalties), Leif Nordgren was 97th (+3:36.3, five penalties) and Marc-Andre Bedard was 98th (+3:39.5, four penalties).
Neuner’s announcement that she intends to retire at the end of the season had no impact on her performance, as she shot clean and beat out the speedy Kaisa Mäkäräinen by 15.9 seconds. Olga Zaitseva was 22.7 seconds back in third.
Zina Kocher is skiing fast but continues to rack up too many penalties. She finished 32nd, 1:53.1 back with three penalties. Susan Dunklee was 37th (+2:01.4, two penalties) and Sara Studebaker snuck into the Pursuit with a 58th place finish (+2:44.7, two penalties).
Laura Spector was 71st (+3:06.3, one penalty), Rosanna Crawford was 74th (+3:14.8, three penalties), Megan Imrie was 88th (+4:07.9, five penalties), while Lanny Barnes did not start.