In today’s action at IBU World Cup #7 at Presque Isle, Arnd Peiffer won his first competition of the season in the Men’s 10 km Sprint, while a clean shooting Helena Ekholm denied Tora Berger her fifth victory in a row in the Women’s 7.5 km Sprint.
The North American leg of the World Cup circuit kicked off with small fields for both the Men’s and Women’s competitions as several teams decided to stay in Europe. A total of 72 men and 57 women were scheduled to start in the Sprint races.
In the Men’s Sprint, Peiffer started late with bib 54 but shot clean on his way to victory in a time of 25:28.8. Second place went to Martin Fourcade, 15.9 seconds back of Peiffer with one penalty. Ivan Tcherezov came in third, 36.4 seconds back with no penalties.
Lowell Bailey was the fastest North American, finishing in 25th place, 1:49.9 back with one penalty. Jay Hakkinen put in a strong performance in 28th place, 1:57.8 back with no penalties. Brendan Green was 34th (2:11.9 back, no penalties), JP Le Guellec was 40th (2:14.4 back, two penalties), Nathan Smith was 43rd (2:20.4 back, one penalty), Leif Nordgren was 47th (2:38.8 back, two penalties), Jeremy Teela was 53rd (2:49.8 back, three penalties), Scott Perras was 61st (3:24.9 back, two penalties) and Zach Hall was 70th (4:15.5 back, three penalties).
On the women’s side, Ekholm edged out Berger, preventing her from winning an astonishing fifth competition in a row. Ekholm shot clean and finished in a time of 20:38.7, just 8.8 seconds ahead of Berger who had one penalty. Berger beat out eight other competitors who had shot clean, including Valj Semerenko, who came in third place, 19.4 seconds behind Ekholm.
Sara Studebaker was the top North American with a 14th place finish, 1:00.2 back with no penalties. Haley Johnson was 42nd (2:03 back, two penalties), Rosanna Crawford was 46th (2:34.6 back, one penalty), Laura Spector was 52nd (3:10.7 back, four penalties) and Claude Godbout was 54th (3:24.2 back, two penalties).
Here are the complete results for the Women’s competition.
Tomorrow’s competition is the Mixed Relay (start list), which gets under way at 20:25 CET.