Great joy for DSV biathlete Benedikt Doll. The German impressed with his shooting in Ruhpolding and narrowly missed the win. Erik Lesser also showed a good performance a few weeks before the Olympics.
DSV biathlete Bendedikt Doll presented himself in good shape a good three weeks before the Beijing Olympic Games. The 31-year-old achieved a strong second place in the Ruhpolding sprint race and only had to admit defeat to Frenchman Quentin Fillon Maillet. The ex-world champion was only 7.2 seconds short of the third victory of his career on Thursday.
The basis for the top result was faultless shooting. The strong-running Black Forest rider had only managed that five times in his career. Third place went to Belarusian Anton Smolski, Erik Lesser came in a good sixth.
For Doll it was an exemption in the absence of the stars from Norway around Johannes Thingnes Bö, who all complete an altitude training camp and did not start in Ruhpolding. Previously, the veteran had only made it into the top ten once this season. Doll reported back punctually a good three weeks before the start of the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. In Erik Lesser (1 mistake), a second German made it way up in sixth and made Johannes Kühn’s bitter failure to be forgotten. Germany’s best ski hunter of the past few weeks was missing in Bavaria due to a corona infection discovered on Wednesday.
The home World Cup, which takes place in front of empty spectator stands due to the corona, will be held on Friday (2.30 p.m., in the t-online live ticker) continued with the women’s relay. For the women, it’s about a clear increase after the disappointing sprint. Franziska Hildebrand was 17th as the best DSV ski hunter on Wednesday.