Two in a Row for Martin Fourcade!
|17.03.2012, Khanty Mansiysk / IBU Info. Dept. JK|
|Another Win in the Final Standing Stage|
|Martin Fourcade made it two-for-two as he won the pursuit today, just 24 hours after winning the sprint her on Friday afternoon. Fourcade, with a single penalty covered the soft tracks in 34:47.1. Germany’s Arnd Peiffer finished second, also with one penalty, 19.6 seconds back, while Norway’s Emil Hegle Svendsen was third, with two penalties, 34.7 seconds back.
Russia’s Dmitry Malyshko after battling Svendsen in the final loop finished fourth, also with two penalties, 40.5 seconds back. Fifth went to Svendsen’s teammate, Tarjei Boe, with two penalties, 1:05 back. Michal Slesingr of Czech Republic was sixth, with three penalties, 1:21.4 back.
Light Snow; Two-man Competition
Light snow fell all day today that further slowed the tracks; again putting pressure on the wax teams to “get the wax right.” The deep snow was evident throughout the competition, making the conditions very tough for everyone. The top three, Fourcade, Peiffer and Lindström led the first loop. Fourcade and Peiffer shot clean leaving the Swedish athlete behind, as he had one penalty. The two maintained a lead of about 25 seconds and held it after cleaning the second prone stage. Boe cleaned again and moved into third, but well back. Fourcade had one penalty in the first standing stage and slipped into second position, 17.8 seconds behind the German. Although over a minute back, Malyshko moved into third, with Svendsen just behind. Fourcade closed the gap as they headed to the final standing stage.
Clean Final Standing Stage
Fourcade was back with Peiffer as they shot the final standing stage. Peiffer had a penalty, but Fourcade cleaned, ending their duel.
Svendsen cleaned but Malyshko had a penalty, giving the Norwegian a 10 second advantage as they left the stadium for the final 2.5K loop. The two battled with the Russian never able to close the gap, as Svendsen came to the finish line in third place. Svendsen commented on the battle. It was hard; first he was 10 seconds behind, then 5, then 3. I was running for my life. It was like my worst nightmare. After the finish I just sat in the changing room with my hands on my head; it was really hard race.”
Total Score, Sprint and Pursuit Titles
Fourcade’s win gave him the World Cup Total Score title as he now leads Svendsen by 98 points another small crystal globe for the seasonal pursuit title. He won the sprint title after his victory yesterday. He graciously thanked all of his fellow competitors especially singling out Svendsen. “I want to thank Emil and all of the guys who made the competitions so special all season… Nobody can ever think before the season that this will happen.”
Thanks to Wax Team
Regarding the competition, Fourcade added, “Arnd and I had a really good race today; it was a really good fight. My skis were very good today; my wax team did a wonderful job, I want to say a big thanks to them.”
Peiffer felt that Fourcade was almost unbeatable today. “It is nice to be on the podium again after missing at the World Championships. It would have been difficult to beat Martin today; he was very strong.” He added that that this week was a big change from Ruhpolding last week. “There is a big difference this week from Ruhpolding; there is not so much stress. We were close some times to the podium, especially in the 20K there, but just did not have much luck.”