Success for the German biathletes: The men’s relay secured a podium finish at the home World Cup in Ruhpolding. Benedikt Doll underlined his gala form.
The German biathletes set an exclamation point in the third season of the Olympic winter and ran onto the podium for the first time. The quartet of the German Ski Association (DSV) with Erik Lesser, Roman Rees, Benedikt Doll and Philipp Nawrath took a strong second place behind Russia at the home World Cup in Ruhpolding. “Relays are just something special,” said Nawrath happily on the ZDF microphone after the race.
Three weeks before the Winter Games in Beijing (February 4th to 20th), the DSV men continued to gain self-confidence in the absence of Johannes Kühn, who was suffering from corona.
With just two spare rounds, the DSV quartet was seven seconds behind the Russians (0+4), who won in 1:11:06.1 hours. Belarus (+23.0/0+6) finished third. In the first two relay races of the Olympic winter in Östersund and Hochfilzen, the DSV men narrowly missed out on the podium in fourth place. The Norwegians, winners of the first two relay competitions of the winter, competed without their stars, who are currently completing an altitude training camp.
At the end of the Ruhpolding week, the followers of the women (12.45 p.m. in the t-online live ticker) and men (2.45 p.m. in the t-online live ticker) are on the program on Sunday. Then on Monday it’s off to Munich to get dressed for the Olympics, before the final races before the Winter Games take place in Antholz (February 20-23).