Women’s mass start set the curtain on E.ON IBU World Cup in Pokljuka. In foggy but windless weather Tora Berger captured her fourth win this season. 31-year old Norwegian set the pace from the start onwards. She fell back for a moment after second prone shooting when she missed two targets. “I was very tired before the start of the race and did not expect much from it. I focused on my shooting and did not allow anyone to distract me. Weather conditions were also very difficult. Due to the fog we hardly saw the targets. In the end I am very satisfied with my performance. I had a bad start into the Pokljuka World Cup because I did not feel well. I did not have good skis at the sprint race as well. Due to the bad result in sprint it was very hard to advance in pursuit. I cannot always end the race on the podium. Now, I will spend the holidays at home, take some rest, and then start with practices,” explained the world cup leader.
Miriam Gössner finished second +35.5 behind. This was third podium in a row for 22-year old German this week. “This was a really good week for me here in Pokljuka. You never know what the future will bring and that is why I really enjoyed my stay here. At the second shooting range I could hardly see the target and had to look over my gun. But, the conditions were the same for all. That is biathlon. I had a lot of fun, just like yesterday. I always have fun and that is why I like to compete in this sport,” said cheerful Gössner.
Third was Gabriela Soukalova, with two penalties, +1.02 back. 22-year old Czech advanced to the third place after good skiing in the last loop. “I am very happy with my score here, but I don’t want to predict my future results. I will try to enjoy competing also in the next races and I hope to achieve similar results in the future. I already look forward to the next races and trainings between the Christmas holidays. In the meantime I will take some time off for my family. I hardly wait to see them.”
Tora Berger is still strong on the top of the overall World Cup score with 388 points after third world cup event this season. Gabriela Soukalova advanced to the second place after collecting 162 points this week, she trails Norwegian by 83. Third is Miriam Gössner with 286 points.
Next stop on E.ON IBU World Cup is Oberhof, Germany.