World mass start champion Lisa Hauser unexpectedly celebrated her fourth biathlon World Cup victory on Saturday. The Tyrolean team prevailed in Kontiolahti/Finland just days after starting the individual-medium 32nd in the race without missing a shot and with strong miles.
The 28-year-old won by 17.3 seconds over Italy’s Lisa Vittozzi (1 penalty) and 24.2 seconds over Sweden’s Lynne Persson (0), putting herself in an excellent position in Sunday’s rally.
Always slowed down by diseases
The success of the fourth-place finisher at the Olympics also came as a surprise as she was slowed down by illness in pre-season. That’s why she didn’t think she’d been at her best lately. Hauser also won the season-opening race in Östersund last year.
Men are weak
Her ÖSV teammates did not end up on the first field in Finland. After a fourth place in the relay, the men performed poorly in the second individual race. As in the 20 km race, no one made it to the top 30. David Koumátz finished 39th with a penalty lap. Felix Leitner (44), Harald Lemmerer (45) and Simon Eder (47) were more than two minutes behind Seger Johannes. Things Bö.
Despite the penalty loop, Olympic champion Bo prevailed against his impeccable compatriot Sturla-holm Laegrid (+10.5 seconds). German Roman Reis surprised by taking third place (+28.8), without a penalty loop. For the 29-year-old Bö, it was his 56th individual success, including the Olympics and World Championships, which also saw him don the World Cup leader’s jersey.
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