There was an unusual sight today in Antholz -FOG! It is more customary in Oberhof of course but as there wasn’t much there this season some was allocated to Antholz!
It was the men’s turn to race in the individual and the win went to someone who managed to shoot 20/20. Not an easy feat in the longest race being held at the highest altitude. It was Alexander Loginov who conquered the course and he must like Antholz as his last win came here in the World Championship sprint.
He finished 58 seconds ahead of second place which went to Sturla Laegreid. He missed two shots but after winning the first individual of the season and coming second here he is well on his way to winning his first crystal globe.
First and second were pretty clear cut but third place was a titanic battle which unfortunately left two people with a sinking feeling. Lukas Hofer found himself in third after hitting 18/20 but then Quentin Fillon Maillet hit the same score and just snatched third place by 0.1 of a second! Incredibly close over 20km!
It wasn’t over yet! With bib 77 Anton Dudchenko hit 20/20 and was on course to challenge for the podium. Despite his best efforts he fell just short by 0.3 of a second. He would finish fifth but it was a personal best for him and his first chance to attend a flower ceremony. Hofer was 4th and being knocked off his home podium by so little must have been hard to take but he is holding on to his good shape from Oberhof.
Martin Ponsiluoma was 6th with 18/20. Only two other men were able to hit the perfect twenty and they were David Komatz in 12th and Kosuke Ozaki who got a big PB in 24th.
There were also personal bests for home biathlete Didier Bionaz in 13th (19/20), Alex Cisar in 36th (18/20), Milan Zemlicka in 39th (19/20), Adam Runnalls in 41st (17/20) and Raul Flore in 42nd (19/20).
Making his World Cup debut in an individual race (not a relay) was Pjotr Dielen who finished 96th and Ilia Gavrilov who was 91st.
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