Again, Philipp Nawrath had the victory in mind, again it became a fourth place after many shooting errors. The German biathlon men are just like the Beijing Olympic Winter Games also remained in the last season race of the World Cup season without the hoped-for podium. On Friday, the quartet was missing with Erik Lesser, Roman Rees, Benedikt Doll and Philipp Nawrath in Finnish Kontiolahti only one second in three. The victory secured Norway before Sweden and France.

“It was nervous again a hot situation. Important to risk no penalty,” said final runner Nawrath in ZDF. That’s exactly what the Bayer had happened in China in February. With the view of Olympia gold, Nawrath failed the nerves a few weeks ago. And even in the woods of Northern Karelia, the team had no chance in the same cast as in Beijing at the end. “The three mistakes standing, who annoy me a bit,” gave the 29-year-old Nawrath.

On the target straight, he could no longer pass by the Frenchman Quentin Fillon Maillet. A total of eight roadholders were too much for the DSV ski hunters at the end for a conciliatory completion of winter with the team. The next chances of the podium are available on the weekend in sprint and tracking races. On Thursday, the women were already out as a relay fourth blank.

Lesser starts error free

On the day after his withdrawal on the end of the season, the Thuringian Lesser started faultlessly and quickly secured a place in the top group. The 33-year-old will end his career in a good two weeks and then complete a coach education after a longer break. In his last shooting within the framework of a men season, Lesser remained again without patzer and lying in the lead. “I am very satisfied with that, I’m now looking forward to every race, which is still coming,” Lesser said.

Rees and doll stay on it

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Rees then fell back into three place after two rechargers and had this position even after another bonus shot on the second gear to the shooting range. Doll did not pass by the leading Frenchman and had to choke with his second shooting. Even without a misty, he could just hold the connection as the fifth before he returned to Nawrath after his last round.

The native Füssener went into the trail with a very strong group with Norway, Sweden and France. After a mistake in lying shooting, Nawrath initially stopped the contact, thanks to its strong running form, before the last time it went to shoot. Norway pulled away, behind it was only fourth place for Germany. “It was exciting and exciting,” said Nawrath, who satisfied quite satisfied despite the shooting mistakes: “That today we are at the end with four teams, I would not have thought.”

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