Perfect Win Number Two for Malyshko
|06.01.2013, Oberhof / IBU Info JK|
|Dmitry Malyshko of Russia won his second individual competition this weekend by capturing the men’s 12.5K pursuit with clean shooting in 32;22.9. This was his third trip to the top of the podium, as he also anchored the winning Russian relay team on Friday evening. He was never challenged leading from start to finish. His teammate Evgeniy Garanichev finished second for the second day in a row, with one penalty, 42.1 seconds back. Ondrej Moravec of Czech Republic shot clean to claim third, 49.9 seconds back.
Fourth went to Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway, with five penalties, 1:04 back, just 2.5 seconds ahead of Switzerland’s Benjamin Weger, with clean shooting. Russian Evegeny Ustyugov also shot clean and finished sixth,1;16.6 back.
Time Penalty for Björndalen
In between the women’s and men’s pursuits, it rained quite hard, but stopped just before the men started. Although a bit foggy, the men had very good conditions especially at the shooting range. The start was uneventful, except that Ole Einar Björndalen started early and was penalized 30 seconds according to IBU rules.
Three in Front
Malyshko kept his lead over the first 2.5K, shot clean and went out with more than 15 seconds of space between him his closest pursuers, Garanichev and Boeuf, both of whom shot clean. The second prone stage looked just like the first one, with the top three men shooting clean again, as well as fourth position, Bauer. Malyshko continued to ski comfortably, alone in the lead with the next two men about 20 seconds in arrears.
By the time they reached the first standing stage, Svendsen, with two prone penalties had skied up and was just ahead of Bauer. Malyshko, Garanichev and Boeuf continued to make biathlon look quite easy, with relaxed clean shooting. Svendsen paid for his effort with a single penalty and fell back to fifth, just behind Moravec who remained clean like the leaders.
Final Standing Stage
Malyshko dropped his five targets quickly and was gone. Boeuf, Garanichev and Svendsen all had penalties, which opened the door for Moravec. He shot clean again and moved into second position, but was passed by Garanichev just after they left the stadium, setting up the podium. Svendsen came back in the final 500 meters to grab fourth place from Weger.
Best Race Ever
Malyshko said, "This was probably the best race that I ever ran...Winning the relay gave me a lot of confidence and I held again today. But before I came here, I never expected this...I want to keep this high note next week in Ruhpolding. However, it is too early to think about the World Championships."
Garanichev commented on the team's recent success. "It is great for the fans and my people at home. That takes away a bit of pressure; beating guys like Fourcade and Svendsen gives me a lot of confidence."
Moravec shot clean in a four stage competition for the first time today. "I now know that I am capable of staying focused at the shooting range...These results are a good motivation for the World Championships, but it is hard to stay at this level. If I stay healthy, then maybe I can stay at this level."