Darya Domracheva and Emil Hegle Svendsen were victorious in the final competitions of the 2010/2011 World Cup season, as Kaisa Mäkäräinen and Tarjei Boe placed well enough to secure their first Total Score Cups.
Domracheva won her first competition of the season despite two penalties in the final shooting stage, making up eight seconds on the final lap over Anna Bogaliy-Titovets who came in second. Third place went to Olga Zaitseva who was 25 seconds back with one penalty.
With the victory in the Women’s 12.5 km Mass Start (results, IBU article) Domracheva secured the Mass Start Cup, even with a surprise start from Magdalena Neuner who missed yesterday’s Pursuit competition from illness. Neuner could only manage a sixth place finish, 59.2 seconds back with three penalties, and Domracheva won the Cup with 236 points to Neuner’s 228.
Sara Studebaker was 2:54.1 back in 22nd place with one penalty, and Haley Johnson came in 27th (3:23.5 back, three penalties).
In the Men’s 15 km Mass Start (results, IBU article) Svendsen’s second victory in two days was enough to earn him the Mass Start Cup over Martin Fourcade, but not enough to deny Boe the Total Score Cup. Evgeny Ustyugov was in the lead going into the final shooting stage, but picked up his only penalty and fell back into second place. Ole Einar Björndalen took a lead of over 15 seconds into the final lap ahead of Ustyugov and Svendsen, and looked destined to win until he seemed to run out of gas and was overtaken by both Ustyugov and Svendsen. Svendsen then outsprinted Ustyugov at the finish for the victory, with two penalties. Björndalen was 10 seconds behind in third place with one penalty.
With the conclusion of the World Cup season, the attention for biathlon fans in North America now turns to the Canadian Championships this week in Charlo, New Brunswick and the North American Championships in Whistler, British Columbia on March 31 – April 3.