Gold Number Two for Martin Fourcade
|04.03.2012, Ruhpolding / IBU Info JK|
|Silver for Bergman|
|Martin Fourcade of France won his second Gold medal of these Championships today by taking the men’s 12.5K pursuit in 33:39.4, with four penalties. Sweden’s Carl Johan Bergman won the Silver medal, 5.2 seconds back with two penalties. Bronze went to Russia’s Anton Shipulin, with one penalty, 22.1 seconds back.|
Fourth for Mesotitsch Again
Daniel Mesotitsch of Austria matched his sprint place in fourth, with two penalties, 28.4 seconds back, while Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway was fifth, with four penalties, 45.4 seconds back. Sixth went to Fourcade’s brother Simon, with three penalties, 53 seconds back.
Fourcade Outruns Penalties
The competition started under cloudy skies with a light breeze on the shooting range. Fourcade looked strong as he lengthened his lead on the first loop. In the first prone, he had a single penalty, while Bergman shot clean, as did Mesotitsch. In the second stage, Bergman and Fourcade had penalties, while Mesotitsch shot clean. Through all of this, Fourcade came back after each penalty loop to regain the top group. Most of the time, they were only separated by a few seconds. Svendsen had penalties in each of the prone stages and was lagging a bit behind in fifth position as they came into the standing stages. This time Fourcade shot clean while Mesotitsch and Bergman had a single penalty. Svendsen shot clean and moved up to fourth position. As they left for the loop before the final standing stage, Fourcade had a 23 second lead, with Bergman, Mesotitsch and Svendsen tightly packed. Fak was another 22 seconds back in fifth, with just a single penalty at that point. Fourcade had two penalties, allowing Bergman who shot clean to take the lead. They left for the final loop, with Fourcade on Bergman’s heels and Mesotitsch 17 seconds back, seven seconds ahead of Shipulin. Svendsen was another14 seconds back.
Fourcade was disappointed with the two penalties. “I was not nervous. I shot fast and do not know why I had two mistakes in the final stage. One would have been okay because I was confident of my shape and knew I could keep my advantage.”
Fourcade Passes Bergman
Bergman continued to hold a few meters advantage as they went around the final loop, with Shipulin passing Mesotitsch. By 700 meters to go, Fourcade had proved too strong for Bergman and moved to a seven second lead while Shipulin continued to move into a solid third place.
Regarding his move from second to first position, Fourcade said, “My shape is good, but I also know that Carl Johan is a good sprinter, so that is why I decided to attack earlier and not later.”
I Cannot Ski That Fast!
Bergman said, “I felt good when I went out for the last loop. My goal was to have high speed for the whole final loop. But I had absolutely no chance when he attacked; he was skiing so fast. At that point I had to put all of my mental effort into it to try to stay close to him. It is so hard when someone is skiing so fast; I cannot ski that fast!” then with a big laugh, he added, “Martin was so fast today, but wait for the relay!”
Both men were thrilled with their second medals with Bergman stating that two medals “were beyond my expectations; a dream come true…a dream come true.” Fourcade said the two Gold medals were “more than I ever expected in my life! Now my main goal is to keep the Yellow Bib until the end of the competitions in Khanty Mansiysk.”
Lucky Number 13
Bronze medalist Shipulin was the surprise of the day, after starting 1:05 back with bib number 13. Yet the young Russian felt it might be his day. “I knew that my start position was not so good. But when I saw the wind as we were going to the starting line, I felt good about that. I like to shoot in the wind and then felt I felt I could do it…The medal was a combination of really good skis and shooting well.”