Domracheva Tops in Pursuit
|17.03.2012, Khanty Mansiysk / IBU Info. Dept. JK|
|Clean Final Stage Seals Victory|
|Pursuit World Champion Darya Domracheva of Belarus claimed another win today in the final pursuit competition of the season. Her victory gave the Belarusian the seasonal title in the pursuit. She finished in 32:44.5, with two penalties, 24.8 seconds ahead of Finland’s Kaisa Mäkäräinen, also with two penalties. Third went to Vita Semerenko of Ukraine, with two penalties, 32.1 seconds back.|
Magdalena Neuner of Germany finished fourth with five penalties, 54.2 seconds back. Norway’s Tora Berger finished fifth, with one penalty, 1:03.5 back, while Marie Laure Brunet of France who shot clean was sixth, 1:14.1 back.
More Snow; 3 Women
The snow continued to fall after the men’s competition today, giving the women no relief from deep uphills and slow conditions in general. Neuner led the first loop and had a single penalty in prone while Semerenko shot clean to take the lead. Domracheva matched and left the stadium in second position. The three were together for the second prone. This time Neuner and Semerenko cleaned and Domracheva went to the penalty loop for one tour, putting her 25.8 seconds back. Brunet was in fourth, 1:05 back. Neuner took the lead before the first standing stage, but had two penalties. Semerenko had one as did Domracheva. Now Semerenko had 12 and 15 second leads, respectively on the other two. Brunet continued her perfect shooting which allowed her to move up to 47 seconds back heading to the final standing stage.
Back Together; Domracheva Takes Control
Neuner and Domracheva gobbled up Semerenko’s lead in just over a kilometer; with the German now back in control. Neuner shot the fastest and picked up two penalties and Semerenko had one. Domracheva sensing the penalties shot very calmly and cleaned to seal the victory. While Neuner was on the loop, Mäkäräinen who had passed Brunet was able to clean and leave the stadium 10 seconds ahead of the soon-to-be-retired German star. With 1100 meters to go, Mäkäräinen had passed the Ukrainian and was in control of second. Neuner had fallen to 20 seconds out of third and the finish order was set.
Will Miss Neuner
Domracheva was much happier today with her win, especially over Neuner, whom she will miss next year. “I really enjoyed the win. I was very happy with my last shooting stage. I saw that Lena had two penalties; I knew that it was important to shoot clean…the competition was very hard…I hate to see her leave, because I like the fight. But it is her life and I respect her decision.”
Likes the Course
Mäkäräinen was also quite satisfied. She said, “I was motivated to come here. I maybe skied better yesterday; I felt pretty tired in my legs today but like the course here. It fits me well and that helped in the race today.”
Cannot Believe It
Semerenko on the podium for the second day in a row said she had one goal today. “My task was to shoot clean. I did not think it would be possible to stay in the top 3. I cannot believe that I stayed in the top 3.”