Biathlon: Austria win Ruhpolding replay

Dominik Landertinger’s Austrian team pipped the Germans by just a tenth of a second in Ruhpolding.
Dominik Landertinger performs during the IBU Biathlon World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, on March 17, 2013.
Dominik Landertinger © GEPA pictures/Red Bull Content Pool
By Chris Stanton

Landertinger beat German Simon Schempp in a sprint finish as Austria claimed a first world cup men's relay victory of the season in Ruhpolding.

With the shooting done, the men's 4x7.5km relay came down to a sprint to the line with Landertinger and Schempp battling over the final kilometre for the win - the Austrian pulling away to upset the home crowd, bringing his team to the line in 1:15:40.9 hours.

Dominik Landertinger performs during the IBU Biathlon World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, on March 16, 2013.
Dominik Landertinger takes aim © GEPA pictures/Red Bull Content Pool

Landertinger was joined by Christoph Sumann, Daniel Mesotitsch and Simon Eder, with the victory moving the Austrian team on to 151 points as they sit second in the overall standings, behind Russia, on 156 points. Germany are third overall after their quartet of Christoph Stephan, Andreas Birnbacher, Erik Lesser and Schempp finished runners up in Ruhpolding.

Austria's win was their first relay victory since December of 2009 in Hochfilzen. Lead-off leg for Austria, Christoph Sumann, who was on that team had no idea that it had been so long. He commented on their big win: "This was our first win ever in Ruhpolding so that alone is a very big deal."

Tobias Eberhard, Christoph Sumann, Julian Eberhard, Simon Eder, Daniel Mesotitsch, Fritz Pinter and Dominik Landertinger.
The Austrian biathlon team © Markus Berger/Red Bull Content Pool

Sumann who won the IBU Cup sprint in Ridnaun on Sunday as a 'warm-up' for the big leagues said he was not surprised to be competing at such a high level this year.

"I probably was the oldest guy out there today, but I trained very well, on my own in Seefeld this year. I know that I cannot be on the highest level in every competition, but I can still step it up every few races."

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