December 8, 2017
Jakov Fak continues his excellent form in Hochfilzen, winning third place in sprint, just after winning second place in Oestersund. Norwegian biathlete Johannes Thingness Boe celebrated the victory, leaving frequent winner Martin Fourcade to be content with second place, and Jakov Fak the third. All three managed to hit all of the ten targets.
The sprint is a 10 km race for men and 7.5 km for women. The biathletes shoot twice, once prone and once standing, for a total 10 shots. For each miss, a penalty loop of 150 m must be skied before the race can be continued.
World Cup Points were also won by Klemen Bauer in 22nd place and Miha Dovžan, in 40th.
In the women’s sprint the Belarussian biathlete Darja Domračeva hit all the targets and eventually won, while Andreja Kuzmina from Slovakia was second, Dorothea Wierer from Italy was third.
Both Slovenes, Anja Eržen and Urška Poje, were unlucky with the weather and had to perform in heavy snow. The biathletes start in intervals, meaning not all of them necessarily ski and shoot under same conditions. Eržen and Poje both missed a target and had to take a penalty loop. Eventually Anja Eržen ended 38th and Urška Poje 66th, which means she will not perform on Saturday and has now ended her performance in Austria.