IBU World Cup 6: Double Relay Gold for France, Mass Start Victories for Domracheva and Birnbacher

France swept the Relays at IBU World Cup 6, while Andreas Birnbacher sprinted and Darya Domracheva cruised to Mass Start victories.

The French team of Marie Laure Brunet, Sophie Boilley, Anais Bescond and Marie Dorin Habert used only 9 spare rounds to win the Women’s Relay (IBU article, results). Belarus (+2.5, ten spare rounds) was a close second thanks to a huge last-lap effort from Domracheva, while Russia was third (+21.4, eleven spare rounds, one penalty).

Canada broke into the top ten with a 9th place finish (+2:29.9, fourteen spare rounds) and the U.S. finished 13th (+5:35.1, thirteen spare rounds, three penalties).

In the Men’s Relay (IBU article, results), the team of Jean Guillaume Beatrix, Simon Fourcade, Alexis Boeuf and Martin Fourcade beat out Germany (+12.0, nine spare rounds, one penalty) and Austria (+41.7, nine spare rounds).

The Canadian Men tied their best-ever result with a 7th place finish (+2:04.4, eleven spare rounds, one penalty). The U.S. place 10th (+2:34.5, eleven spare rounds, two penalties).

Andreas Birnbacher outlasted Martin Fourcade and Anton Shipulin in a gruelling last-lap sprint to win the Men’s Mass Start (IBU article, results).

Tim Burke and Lowell Bailey struggled on the range, with Burke finishing in 20th (+1:12.6, five penalties) and Bailey in 21st (+1:13.0, three penalties).

Domracheva provided more evidence that standing shooting is more important than prone shooting in the the Women’s Mass Start (IBU article, results). After two misses in her first prone shooting stage, Domracheva hit all of the remaining targets to quickly work her way back through the entire field to a 25.2 second victory over Anastasiya Kuzmina (one penalty). Magdalena Neuner was third (+32.1, two penalties).

Susan Dunklee was 27th in her first Mass Start competition (+3:23.8, five penalties).

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