Martin Fourcade and Tora Berger won the first Pursuit competitions of the season as IBU World Cup 1 concluded in Östersund, Sweden.
Fourcade’s patience on the shooting range paid off as he was the only athlete to hit all 20 targets. Fourcade was in a battle with Carl Johan Bergman, Emil Hegle Svendsen and Tarjei Boe most of the competition, but after Bergman missed three targets in the final shooting, Svendsen missed one, and Boe missed two, Fourcade had an easy final victory lap.
Svendsen ended up in second place (+25.5, two penalties), while Jaroslav Soukup snuck into third place with only one penalty (+26.9).
The Americans continue to impress, with three the top 25. Tim Burke was 9th (+1:21.2, three penalties) and Lowell Bailey slipped to 13th due to three penalties in the final shooting (+1:50.5, four penalties). Jay Hakkinen was 24th (+2:26.0, two penalties).
Brendan Green was the only Canadian, and finished 32nd (+3:27.2, five penalties).
Tora Berger and Kaisa Mäkäräinen each moved up one spot on the podium from yesterday’s Sprint competition, as Magdalena Neuner settled for third.
Berger had only one penalty, in the final shooting. Mäkäräinen was 33.2 seconds back with two penalties, and Neuner picked up four penalties and was 1:24.4 back.
Zina Kocher was the top Canadian in 24th place, again skiing well but picking up six penalties to finish 4:00.2 back. Susan Dunklee was the top American in 32nd (+5:03.2, five penalties).
Sara Studebaker was 39th (+5:34.8, one penalty), Megan Imrie was 43rd (+5:46.4, five penalties) and Rosanna Crawford was 51st (+7:23.5, three penalties).
The World Cup circuit now heads to Hochfilzen, Austria. IBU World Cup 3 kicks off with the Men’s Sprint at 4:30 Eastern, 1:30 Pacific on 9 December.