The Mass Start Competition
With a simultaneous start by all of the competitors, the Mass Start offers the ultimate in excitement and suspense for spectators. The format of the Mass Start is similar to the Individual except the distances are shorter and shooting follows the sequence of prone, prone, standing, standing. Participation is limited to 30 because each competitor requires a target at approximately the same time due to the simultaneous start. At the first shooting, the competitors shoot at the shooting range according to their start number. Starting from the second shooting, the competitors shoot according to their actual order of arrival at the shooting range, starting on the free shooting lanes from the right.
Participation in the Mass Start is based on the top 15 in the current World Cup total score, and – in the case of the World Championships – also on the three sets of three medalists in the Individual, Sprint and Pursuit competitions, with the medalists of the World Championships normally wearing the start numbers from 1 to 9. If competitors are lapped in the competition, they must withdraw from the competition at a suitable area in connection with the shooting range.