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14.12.2014
Hochfilzen Editor’s Choice Wrap-up Video
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The second week of the BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon season had a lot of excitement. Kaisa Mäkäräinen won both the sprint and pursuit to give her three wins in a row and a lock on the Yellow Bib. Martin Fourcade topped his Norwegian rival Emil Hegle Svendsen in both competitions to take back the men’s Yellow Bib. The relays saw two strong teams emerge: the Russian men and the young and surprising German women. The “Hochfilzen Editor’s Choice Wrap-up Video” takes a quick look back at this weekend in Austria.
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14.12.2014
Perfect Shooting; Pursuit Win for Fourcade
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France's Martin Fourcade's perfection on the shooting range brought him the victory in the men's 12.5K pursuit this afternoon in Hochfilzen. His time of 32:53.7 put him 4.1 seconds ahead of Germany's Simon Schempp, who also shot clean. A perfectly timed kick in the final 600 meters allowed Jakov Fak of Slovenia to claim third place, with one penalty, 10.9 seconds back. The sprint winner Johannes Thingnes Boe of Norway had two penalties to finish 16.2 seconds back in fourth. Russia's Anton Shipulin had a single penalty to move from 11th at the start to fifth place, 28.5 seconds back. Tarjei Boe of Norway finished sixth, also with one penalty, 45.1 seconds back.
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14.12.2014
Wire-to-Wire Win for Kaisa in Pursuit
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Kaisa Mäkäräinen of Finland scored a wire-to-wire victory in today's women's 10K pursuit, with none of the other women in the field ever challenging her dominant win. Mäkäräinen completed her Östersund/Hochfilzen hat trick, in 30:44.8 with a single penalty. Second went to Russia's Ekaterina Glazyrina, also with one penalty, 34.4 seconds back. Anais Bescond of France matched the other two women with a single miss to take third, 46.5 seconds back. Olga Podchufarova of Russia, with two penalties was fourth. Fifth went to Canada's Rosanna Crawford, climbing 29 spots from the start to a World Cup personal best 5th place finish, 53.4 seconds back with one penalty. Karin Oberhofer of Italy finished sixth, with three penalties, 55.4 seconds back.
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13.12.2014
Shipulin Leads Russia to Relay Victory
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Russia's Anton Shipulin dropped ten targets in ten shots to seal the victory for his teammates Maxim Tsvetkov, Timofey Lapshin and Dmitry Malyshko in the men's 4 X 7.5K relay today. The Russian men finishing in 1:16:14.8 used a single spare round in their victory. France finished 20.2 seconds back to take second place while Norway was 27.9 seconds back in third. The home team Austria finished fourth while Germany was fifth and Canada sixth.
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13.12.2014
Germany Wins Women’s Relay
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The German quartet of Luise Kummer, Franziska Hildebrand, Vanessa Hinz and Franziska Preuss won the women's 4 X 6K relay today, after taking the lead at the final standing stage. The German women had eight spare rounds to win in 1:11:40.4, with Belarus 21.1 seconds back with 10 spare rounds, and Czech Republic in third, 22.2 seconds back, with 9 spare rounds. Italy, Norway and Poland rounded out the top six in that order.
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13.12.2014
IBU Press Release
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This morning Gottlieb TASCHLER sent a personal written statement to the IBU Executive Board, which states the following:
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12.12.2014
Perfect Sprint Win for Johannes Boe
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Norway's Johannes Thingnes Boe was perfect in a wire-to-wire win in today's men's 10K sprint in Hochfilzen. His clean shooting and superb skiing brought him a 24:34.9 victory, 14.3 seconds ahead of Germany's Simon Schempp. Third went to Schempp's teammate Andi Birnbacher was 3.6 seconds farther back. Both Germans shot clean. Local hero Dominik Landertinger also shot clean, but finished 22.5 seconds behind Boe. Slovenia's Jakov Fak had a single penalty, 22.9 seconds back in fifth, while the winner's older brother Tarjei was sixth, 26.7 seconds back with a perfect record on the shooting range.
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12.12.2014
Two in a Row; Mäkäräinen Wins Sprint
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Finland's Kaisa Mäkäräinen made it two wins in a row, taking the 7.5K sprint today in Hochfilzen to go with her pursuit victory last Sunday in Östersund. Mäkäräinen overcame a prone penalty with a fast final loop to claim the win in 20:55.6. She finished 10.45 seconds ahead of Italy's Karin Oberhofer, who shot clean. Oberhofer’s second place was a personal best; her previous best was 4th place in the Olympic Sprint at Sochi. Third went to Norway's Tiril Eckhoff, also with one penalty, 29.9 seconds back. Olga Podchufarova of Russia finished fourth, also with one penalty, 31.2 seconds back. Fifth went to Germany's Franziska Hildebrand, with one penalty, 36.9 seconds back. Her teammate Vanessa Hinz shot clean to finish in a personal best sixth place38.4 seconds back.
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12.12.2014
Hochfilzen Editor’s Choice Preview
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A small amount of fresh snow arrived in Hochfilzen on Thursday, making the stadium and surrounding forests look more wintery. That snow changed the conditions for the competitions today and over the weekend. "Hochfilzen Editor's Choice Preview" takes a look at the skiing and shooting range conditions that the athletes will face all weekend.
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11.12.2014
IBU Press Release
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The fight against doping and the protection of clean athletes is a top priority for the IBU. IBU is aware of the latest media reports regarding IBU Vice-President Gottlieb Taschler and his son. In the light of these reports, we will gather further facts to fully clarify the situation. At this stage we are not able to comment further, but will come back to you as soon as we have additional information
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