IBU World Cup #7 concluded today with the Men’s and Women’s Pursuit competitions as Alexis Boeuf of France won his first World Cup competition ever and Tora Berger of Norway returned to her winning ways.
In the Men’s 12.5 km Pursuit, Arnd Peiffer started with a 15.9 second head start over the field and held on to first place until the final standing shooting bout. Peiffer struggled with three penalties and slipped back into second place, 11 seconds behind Boeuf with Carl Johan Bergman and Ivan Tcherezov also in the hunt.
Boeuf held off his challengers on the final loop to win in a time of 36:02.4 with two penalties. Tcherezov and Bergman broke away from Peiffer to battle for second, with Tcherezov ending up 10.3 seconds back with four penalties and Bergman 14.3 back with three penalties.
Lowell Bailey was the top North American with a 16th place finish, 2:24.1 back with four penalties. Jay Hakkinen was 27th (3:10.1 back, two penalties), JP Le Guellec was 35th (4:12.5 back, five penalties), Brendan Green was 36th (4:15.8 back, four penalties), Leif Nordgren was 41st (5:00.2 back, six penalties), Nathan Smith was 49th (5:55.4 back, eight penalties) and Jeremy Teela was 56th (8:05.8 back, seven penalties).
In the Women’s 10 km Pursuit Berger returned to the top of the podium after a second place finish in the Sprint competition. Windy conditions resulted in a busy day on the penalty loop for the Women, but Berger managed only four penalties to win in a time of 35:12.1. Marie Dorin was in the lead coming into the final standing shooting phase, but two penalties saw her slip back into second place, finishing 30.7 seconds behind Berger with three penalties. Third place went to Darya Domracheva, 1:11.2 back with five penalties.
Sara Studebaker was the top North American in 28th, 3:45.4 back with six penalties. Haley Johnson was 38th (4:44.9 back, five penalties), Laura Spector was 45th (5:57.8 back, five penalties), Rosanna Crawford was 49th (8:08.4 back, seven penalties) and Claude Godbout was 50th (8:39.4 back, five penalties).
With the conclusion of IBU World Cup #7 at Presque Isle, Maine, the world cup circuit moves upstate to Fort Kent, Maine, with IBU World Cup #8 starting on 10 February with the Men’s 10 km Sprint.