Biathletes pawing while shooting: Papa Peiffer frustrated, Lesser without ammunition

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Right at the first shooting Arnd Peiffer hits only three of five targets. (Photo: AP)

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Olympic champion in biathlon sprint is annoyed: Arnd Peiffer shoots twice in the World Cup. As help in the race and his feelings of happiness as a newly baked father not. It is even worse for Erik Lesser – missing his most important work tool.

Arnd Peiffer looked exhausted and helpless on the scoreboard. The newly-born father wanted to use his private feelings of happiness, cause a sensation in his parade discipline – but in the end lit up behind the name of the sprint Olympic champion only the "30". "Somehow it did not work, the prone shooting was a bit frustrating," said Peiffer after the sprint at the Biathlon World Cup in Pokljuka. Because the 31-year-old from Clausthal-Zellerfeld scored twice in the second race lying down after the birth of his first child, a top placement was out of reach early on. "The first attack has spoiled my results," Peiffer said on ARD: "The running form and the second shooting were good." "It would have been more possible" Since reigning world champion Benedikt Doll and the second sprint expert in the camp of the German Ski Federation (DSV) missed the podium – Doll finished in fifth place after a shooting mistake, but the German men went empty after the encouraging start in singles. "If you look at the timings, it was okay, but it was a little bit hard to feel and I think that more would have been possible," said Doll, who was just 16.4 seconds short of a podium finish. There were others this time: The victory went despite a penalty to the Norwegian Johannes Thingnes Bö, who had landed last season in the overall World Cup just behind superstar Martin Fourcade (France). Bö was in the finish in front of the faultless Antonin Guigonnat (France / + 16.1) and Alexander Loginow (Russia / 16.4) .Lesser forgets cartridgesBecause of all Peiffer had figured out a lot for his favorite race, the motivation was not least because of the disappointing 52 Rank high in the singles. In addition, Peiffer knew that he can always win on a good day in the sprint – he had finally celebrated six of his eight World Cup successes in the shortest race of biathletes. In Pokljuka, however, even false reactions to the wind prevented a top result. "When I got to the first shooting, the flag was pointing to the left, so I shot two notches, which was obviously too much," Peiffer said. Olympian Simon Schempp finished the ten-kilometer race in Slovenia in 40th place after three penalties. Erik Lesser finished 44th with two penalties. "I'm struggling with back pain, because skiing is not so easy," complained the 31-year-old and was otherwise not in a good mood. He had forgotten to load the ammunition for the second shooting: "That's when I really got into the toilet." Philipp Horn came in 46th and qualified for the pursuit race on Sunday, just like Johannes Kühn. One day after his second place in the 20-kilometer individual after a faultless shooting Kühn made over the ten kilometers, however, three mistakes and came in 48th in the finish.


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