Fak wins debut Pokljuka World Cup race. Norwegian Svendsen finishes second, world cup leader French biathlete Fourcade third.
Slovenian biathlete and home favourite Jakov Fak is the winner of the debut E. ON. IBU World Cup race in Pokljuka, Slovenia. Fak finished the 10 km Sprint race in 24.41 with clean shooting. Second Norwegian Emil Hegle Svendsen crossed the finish line 0.8 seconds behind. Third was Martin Fourcade of France. Fak was also very fast in track today. His last lap was 8 seconds faster than the Frenchman’s. Fourcade remains the overall world cup leader with 301 points. Fak is fifth with 177 points. “Track was not so good as I would like it to be. Nevertheless, I am happy to win first race for Slovenia on home ground. I would also like to thank all the fans that cheered for me and my team mates today. It was a great race,” said Fak after winning his second race in season and third overall.
Svendsen was satisfied with the second place: “The track was perfectly prepared and I am happy with the second place. I hope I can ski even faster on Saturday.”
The overall World Cup leader Fourcade is usually in the best form after Christmas: “I didn’t expect my form to be as good as it is, because usually I’m better in January. So, I expect I will be even better in the next races. Jakov was too fast for me today and I’m really satisfied to be on the podium again.”
Tomorrow schedule at Pokljuka includes Women's sprint. 7.5 km race starts at 14.20.
Some 2,000 children from Slovenian primary schools cheered today at the Pokljuka stadium.
After the end of the men's sprint competition they had a chance to greet and chat with some of the world best biathletes.