The third event of men’s Sprint World Cup finished a few seconds ago. Home Biathlete, Slovenian Jakov Fak won with 24:41:7 (no shots missed) and will start next Saturday’s Pursuit with an advantage of just 1 second over Emil Egle Svendsen (2nd in the sprint although missing 1 shot out of 10).
The results did not stay too far our predictions. Fak is on fire in this season’s commence and this win allowed him moving from 13th to 5th overall in the World Cup standings.
Martin Fourcade despite clearing 10 out of 10 finished 3rd only 6 seconds behind Fak’s time which is nonetheless another consistent performance from the Frenchman. This allowed him to keep his yellow bib and almost double his World Cup lead (89 points advantage when he had 49 before this event) now to Russian Evgeny Ustyugov that took 2nd place overall (he was 7th in the sprint with no shots missed and will start the pursuit 37 seconds behind Fak ) at the cost of Andreas Birnbacher from Germany (40th place in today’s sprint granting him only 1 point).
A very challenging Pursuit event in perspective for next Saturday with the 3 first starters within 6 seconds!
World Cup 3 continues tomorrow with women’s 7.5 Km sprint. Fak’s result in men will certainly be a motivation for also Slovenian Teja Gregorin.