Anton Shipulin of Russia won his first World Cup victory and the first victory of the season for a Russian male in the 10 km Sprint at IBU World Cup #6 in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy.
Shipulin was the fastest in a competition that featured several athletes shooting clean. After Simon Eder and host favorite Christian De Lorenzi laid down fast times with clean shooting, Shipulin came in with a blazing time of 23:36.2, 27 seconds ahead of Eder, who ended up in fourth. Michael Greis came second, shooting clean but unable to match Shipulin’s speed on the tracks, finishing 10 seconds behind. Third place went to Lars Berger, who was 20.5 seconds back with one penalty in standing.
Lowell Bailey was the fastest North American, qualifying for the Mass Start with a 12th place finish. Despite two penalties Bailey was very fast on his skis, finishing 48.7 seconds back. Tim Burke was 34th, 1:23.6 back with three penalties in standing. Leif Nordgren (72nd place, 2:15.7 back, three penalties), Jeremy Teela (73rd place, 2:16.6 back, three penalties) and Jay Hakkinen (81st place, 2:49.9 back, two penalties) rounded out the North American competitors as the Canadians did not participate.
The Women’s 7.5 km Sprint starts at 14:30 CET tomorrow (start list). Laura Spector is bib 3, Sara Studebaker is bib 51 and Haley Johnson is bib 59.