The Tyrolean fell in third place and finally fell back to twelfth place.
With a little carelessness in the finish, biathlete Lisa Hauser made it to the fourth World Cup podium in a row on Sunday. After the last shooting of the Oberhof mass start competition, the Tyrolean fell in third place and finally fell back to twelfth place, 33.4 seconds behind the winner Julia Simon from France. In the men’s race, Felix Leitner made it onto a World Cup podium for the first time in second place in the mass start.
Like his fifth-placed colleague Simon Eder, Leitner remained flawless at the first podium of the season for the ÖSV men and only had to admit defeat to Norwegian Tarjei Bö by 3.6 seconds at the end in Thuringia. Simon Weger from Switzerland completed the podium. The 24-year-old Tyrolean had his best result so far in fourth place in the Oslo pursuit in March 2019. For Eder, too, fifth was the best result of the season. As 18th overall, he is still the best Austrian, Leitner is in 23rd place.
“I am overjoyed that I finished second, I never expected that,” said Leitner. “Two days after this bad season, Simon and I meet everything. It can go that fast, it’s crazy.”
The race had in store for Hauser an entirely different kind of madness. The 27-year-old, recently third three times, held up excellently over the 12.5 kilometers and, as a member of a group of six, had the podium after the last shooting despite a total of three failed attempts. In third place behind Simon and the German Franziska Preuss, she fell in a descent and had to let several runners pass. Preuss finally came second, the Swede Hanna Öberg third.
“Lisa was great again and could have fought for second place. Unfortunately, this mishap happened, but thank God she is doing very well,” regretted women’s head coach Markus Fischer. “Of course, in the first moment you are a little disappointed about missing the podium. It would almost have been the next big step to second place, because Lisa felt really great. But that’s biathlon – tick off and fight on again.”