Tarjei Boe took advantage of rapidly changing weather conditions to win today’s Men’s 10 km Sprint competition under the lights in Oberhof, Germany.
For the third day of competition in a row, the weather played a major factor as intermittent fog and gusts wind made it difficult for some athletes to see the targets on the shooting range, while other athletes had little difficulty at all. The impact of the weather on IBU World Cup #4 can be seen in this IBU news article and video.
Boe won in a time of 25:49.7, with only one penalty in the standing position. Second place went to Arnd Peiffer of Germany, finishing 16.7 seconds back with one penalty. Third place went to Michal Slesingr of the Czech Republic, one of the few athletes who shot clean, finishing 20.7 seconds behind Boe.
The Canadian men had a successful day with Brendan Green leading the way in a career-best 14th place, 1:41.7 back with just one penalty in the prone position. JP Le Guellec was 16th, 1:49.8 with two standing penalties. Scott Perras was 34th, 2:33.4 back with two penalties and Marc-Andre Bedard was 72nd, 3:48.3 back with five penalties.
The U.S. men struggled with the foggy conditions, with Tim Burke finishing 31st (2:23.8 back, four penalties), Lowell Bailey in 52nd (3:03.3 back, four penalties) and Leif Nordgren in 66th (3:33.8 back, five penalties).
Tomorrow’s competition is the Women’s 7.5 km Sprint, starting at 17:40 CET. Here is the start list. Megan Imrie is bib 14, Sara Studebaker is bib 18, Laura Spector is bib 39, Zina Kocher is bib 44 and Melanie Schultz is bib 60.