Dorin Habert Matches Fourcade; Wins Oberhof Pursuit
France’s Marie Dorin Habert moved up from third in yesterday's sprint to win today's women’s 10K pursuit, with two penalties in 34:33.3. Her win and Martin Fourcade's earlier victory gave France a sweep of today's pursuit competitions. Czech Republic’s Gabriela Koukalová finished second, with three penalties 38.8 seconds back, while Kaisa Mäkäräinen of Finland finished third with four penalties, 1:19.1 seconds back.
Snow was falling along with the temperatures as the women lined up for the afternoon pursuit. Koukalová led the pack, setting the pace. She mowed down all five targets in both prone stages with Makarainen and Dorin following her. It was not until the first standing stage when she opened the door for the chasing group. The Czech star missed the first target, but managed to refocus after stopping for a few seconds and hit the next four. She commented, “I was so nervous during the first standing, my legs were literally shaking.”
She added that getting a good night's sleep in Oberhof was a big issue, “For the last two days I have troubles sleeping, it is no fun when you look at your clock to see it’s 4 am.”
Motivated by Fourcade
Dorin Habert took up the lead, which she never relinquished, at the final standing stage. She said Fourcade's win earlier today was motivating. “I watched the race with Martin: he is just so powerful,: he is so strong.”
Makarainen Ready for Mass Start
Makarainen had two penalties in the final standing, still managing to get third place when her closest rival Maren Hammerschmidt had three penalties. The Finnish star admitted that she saved some energy for Sunday's mass start. “I am happy I didn’t have to go full speed the last loop; tonight I will recover with some massage and try to relax.”