Win number five for Boe
Sun, 09 Jan 19:36:00 2011
Norway's Tarjei Boe edged out compatriot Emil Hegle Svendsen to seal his fifth IBU biathlon World Cup victory of the season in Oberhof, Germany.
The 22-year-old Olympic relay gold medallist missed two targets on the shooting range to complete the 15km mass start race in 39:51.3 minutes for his second win of the week in Oberhof.
Boe finished the course 2.4 seconds ahead of teammate Svendsen who had three misses while Russia’s Ivan Tcherezov came home third, 4.1 seconds behind after two misses.
Boe racked up three wins in a row in Hochflizen, Austria at the start of the season and his fifth win increases his lead in the overall World Cup standings over Svendsen to 55.
“Usually, you do not win a mass start with a penalty in the final stage,” said Boe. “But I had a strategy going into that stage.
“I took a look back at the group just as we topped the final hill coming into the stadium. I saw some good shooters and then thought about who I could outrun if necessary.
“I knew I had to shoot fast, so that if I missed one I could get around the loop before the others. I missed the first shot and just went on. The last one took some mental strength, because I knew the victory depended on hitting it.”
Meanwhile, in the women’s 12.5km mass start, Helena Ekholm of Sweden came home ahead Andrea Henkel of Germany in a sprint finish to clinch victory.
Ekholm shot flawless and posted a time of 39:22.9 minutes to edge out Henkel, who had two penalty laps, by 1.6 seconds.
Russia’s Svetlana Steptsova, who also hit all her targets, was third, 5.2 seconds behind Ekholm.
Ekholm remains second in the World Cup standings with 381 behind Kaisa Makarainen of Finland (425), with Marie Laure Brunet of France improving to 324.
Oberhof : Men