Magdalena Neuner and Andreas Birnbacher rode waves of cheers to victory in the Mass Start competitions in Oberhof, Germany. In total Germans picked up half of the medals today, with Andrea Henkel (+32.0, one penalty) taking third place.
Neuner had three penalties, but plowed through the snowy conditions, taking the lead from Tora Berger (+12.5, two penalties) on the final lap and holding on for the win.
The clouds turned off the taps for the Men’s competition, and Birnbacher made the most of it being the only competitor to shoot clean. Simon Fourcade (+24.3, one penalty) was second, while Emil Hegle Svendsen (+29.6, three penalties) came seeming out of nowhere on the final lap to claim third place after two penalties in the first standing shooting.
Lowell Bailey looked like a historic podium finish was within his grasp as he was in the lead pack until the third shooting stage where he missed two targets. Bailey eventually finished 16th (+1:21.8, two penalties).
Klemen Bauer was unfortunate enough to remind everyone how cruel the sport of biathlon can be. Bauer was on mat one in the final standing shooting, only to miss three targets and tumble to a 20th place finish.
The next World Cup competition comes to you from Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech Republic. First up in that event is the Women’s Individual on 11 January.