Malyshko Wins Rainy Sprint
|05.01.2013, Oberhof / IBU Info JK|
|1-2 Finish for Russia|
|Dmitry Malyshko of Russia made it to the top of the podium for the second day in a row as he won the men’s 10K sprint in 25:07.9, with one penalty. He anchored the winning Russian relay team last night. The victory today was the first individual World Cup win of his career. His teammate, Evgeniy Garanichev, also with one penalty finished second, 1.5 seconds back. Third went to Emil Hegel Svendsen, with one penalty, 13.1 seconds back.
Alexis Boeuf of France who shot clean was fourth, 14.4 seconds back. Fifth went to t a third Russian, Evegeny Ustyugov, with one penalty, 15.4 seconds back. Alexey Volkov made it four for Russia in the top six as he shot clean and finished 21 seconds back.
The fog stayed at about the same level during the men’s sprint, but light rain also fell throughout the competition. This combined with a wind that cut across the shooting range from the right side resulted in penalties for much of the field.
Svendsen, like Tora Berger looked like a winner early in the competition. He shot clean in prone and after a single penalty in standing flew to the finish, taking a temporary lead. Just behind him, Garanichev matched the Norwegian’s shooting and just slipped ahead of him at the finish, by a half second. France’s Alexis Boeuf shot clean and was in second position after the standing stage, but could not hold on to that position and fell 1.8 seconds behind Garanichev. Malyshko, with a prone penalty did not start as well as others. Yet he managed to clean standing and move into a 4.2 second lead as he went into the final 3.3K loop. Just as in last night’s relay, Malyshko dug deep in the last loop and this time, did more than hang on. He stretched the small lead into a 12.6 second gap over his teammate.
Winning with the Team
Malyshko said that the effort today was different than yesterday when he was being chased by Svendsen. "Yesterday was a special day because I was fighting with Emil—I gave a lot more than I thought I had because it was for the team." One that same theme, he talked about winning two days in a row. "It is better to win on your own, but it is much better to win with the team."
His teammate Garanichev echoed the same thoughts, adding, "Our team atmosphere is very good. We support each other and have a lot of fun together."
Feedback and Communication
He said part of the Russian team's recent success was due to the wax team. "The wax techs have been a big part of our success in these conditions. There is a lot of feedback and communication between us; they have prepared some excellent skis this week."
Svendsen said he felt that he was getting in better shape. "Over the holidays, I did a lot of distance training, and now feel regenerated for the rest of the season. I am in better shape but feel like I still have more inside me. I am not pushing too hard yet since World Championships are more than a month away."