Kaisa Makarainen and Martin Fourcade ensured there would be little drama in today’s Individual competitions, cruising to victory with early starts and clean shooting.
Starting in bib 2, Makarainen took the lead from the start and never looked threatened. Ultimately it became a two person race between her and Darya Domracheva, who came in second, 1:18.9 behind with one penalty. Makarainen and Domracheva were simply in another skiing class than the rest of the field, with no other competitor coming within 1:20 of them in skiing time. When these two women are shooting this good, it looks like no one else can stop them. Veronika Vitkova came closest, shooting clean but finishing third, 1:20.9 back.
It was a very good day for the North American women, with several strong performances. Susan Dunklee led the way in 11th with two penalties, with Megan Heinicke right behind in 12th after shooting clean. Rosanna Crawford was 28th, Audrey Vaillancourt 30th, Hannah Dreissigacker 33rd, Annelies Cook 55th, and Clare Egan 82nd.
The Men’s competition was a little closer, although with Fourcade starting in bib 1 and shooting clean it was always going to be a challenge for anyone else to knock him off the top of the podium. Evgeniy Garanichev came closest, also shooting clean but finishing 14.2 seconds back. Sergey Semenov was 48.8 seconds back have shot clean as well.
Nathan Smith continues to be on a roll, finishing 12th with one penalty. Leif Nordgren is also in top form, with one penalty in a 20th place finish. Brendan Green was 44th, Tim Burke 47th, Scott Gow 60th and Lowell Bailey 62nd.