Well the pursuits are supposed to be exciting aren’t they? Not if bib number one wins them both!
So it maybe wasn’t such a great race to watch in the women pursuit at the front but behind Tiril Eckhoff it was all to play for.
Miss Eckhoff had a great race missing just 1 target and with a 30 second lead at the start her lead was unassailable. It’s her 6th win this season and she has won every pursuit race so far. Could she win the Overall? If she keeps this form up of course!
Behind her it was a tight race between Hanna Oeberg and Paulina Fialkova. They both hit 18/20 and left the final standing together but Fialkova was the stronger skier today and grabbed second with Oberg third.
Johanna Skottheim was amazing in 4th hitting 19/20 and getting a new PB and her first world cup flowers. Linn Persson was 5th and Denise Herrmann went from 19th to 6th.
Vita Semerenko was the only woman to shoot the perfect score and moved from 34th to 8th.
In the men’s race it was close at the front between Martin Fourcade and Quentin Fillon Maillet who matched each other shot for shot up until the third shoot. Fillon Maillet missed one while Fourcade cleaned to take a decisive lead. He would go on to shoot 20/20 for his 81st win.
The excitement came in the race for third with Simon Desthieux, Vetle Christiansen and Benedikt Doll leaving the final shoot close together. It came down to a ski race which Christiansen won on the line just beating Desthieux.
Doll was 5th, Emilien Jacquelin 6th and Antonin Guigonnat 8th meaning there were 5 Frenchmen in the top 8!
Tarjei Boe went from 28th to 7th, Ondrej Moravec hit 20/20 to go from 30th to 18th and Lars Birkeland was the only other man to hit all 20 moving from 41st to 20th.
The World Cup now moves on to Pokljuka for Individuals, Mass Starts and the Single Mixed and Mixed Relays.
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