As the final World Cup event of the season begins tomorrow in Khanty-Mansiysk, lets take a look at the standings for the crystal globes.
The crystal globes for the Individual and Relay competitions have already been decided at the World Championships. Kaisa Makarainen won the Women’s Individual, and Sergey Semenov won the Men’s Individual. The relay globes went to Czech Republic (Women), Russia (Men), and Norway (Mixed). Darya Domracheva also has an insurmountable lead in the Women’s Sprint.
That leaves 5 small globes up for grabs, as well as the two large globes for total score.
Martin Fourcade holds a commanding lead in the Men’s Sprint standings, with 26 more points than J.T. Boe and 27 more than Simon Schempp.
Fourcade has a bigger lead in the Men’s Pursuit standings, with Anton Shipulin 35 points back. Makarainen leads Domracheva by 18 points in the Women’s Pursuit.
Shipulin looks set to win the Men’s Mass Start title with a 23 point lead over Fourcade. The Women’s Mass Start race is much closer, with Franziska Preuss leading Valj Semerenko by 1 point, with Makarainen and Domracheva lurking at 15 and 17 points back respectively.
With the small crystal globes being dominated by Domracheva, Makarainen and Fourcade, its no surprise that the large globes will go to one of these athletes. Domracheva has a slim 21 point lead over Makarainen, while Fourcade has an almost unassailable 111 point lead over Shipulin.
These globes will be decided over the Sprint, Pursuit and Mass Start competitions at Khanty-Mansisyk. Who do you think will win the Women’s Total Score? Have your say in the latest biathlon blog poll.