Dominating Performance by Fourcade in Mass Start Victory
France's Martin Fourcade, the only man in the field to shoot clean, claimed a dominating victory and record-setting 14th win this afternoon in the Oslo men's mass start in 37:32.2. Latvia's Andrejs Rastorgujevs, with two penalties, had his first-ever podium finished with a career-best second place, 17.4 seconds back. Austria's Simon Eder, with one penalty, finished third 32.4 seconds back..
Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen, with two penalties, finished fourth 42.2 seconds back. Arnd Peiffer of Germany, also with two penalties, finished fifth, 42.5 seconds back while Michal Slesingr of the Czech Republic, with two penalties, finished sixth, 42.9 seconds back.
Shooting Range Drama
Fourcade initially fell 21 seconds behind the field in the first prone stage after he failed to load his magazines and had to receive ammunition. This issue was discussed by the competition jury, but there was no violation of the rules. He explained, "I forgot to reload my magazine before the start. That's a huge mistake. It was a competition full of stupidness from my side." Continuing, he added, "I wanted to show to everyone, that today it was my day. Even if they did not give me the victory; I would know that I deserved it."
The winner also thanked the German team and Simon Schempp. "I want to give all respect to team Germany; that they decided to not make a protest. Schempp deserves more than a crystal globe. I just want to take my hat off to their class."
Battle for second and third
Rastorgujevs and Eder left the last standing less than five seconds apart, setting up the battle for second and third. Eder left in second, but was quickly overtaken by Rastorgujevs. Unable to respond the Austrian where still happy to be on the podium. "I'm really happy I got this podium today. I was tired today. I prefer to have a rest day between three races. I tried to keep up Rastorgujevs, but I found out that I needed to focus on keeping my third place."
First Podium for Rastorgujevs
Today's podium was the first for Rastorgujevs in his seven-year career. " I want to say a big thanks to my team; they have all worked very hard for this. I think today there will be a big party for my team. I don't have words for the race today; its so emotional. Hopefully this is a opening of the door for more podiums."