The 29-year-old from Tyrol failed to place in the top 5 due to two missed shots. Victory went to the French overall World Cup leader Julia Simon. For the men, Simon Eder came in twelfth as the best ÖSV ski hunter. The race was once again won by serial winner Johannes Thingnes Boe, leading a Norwegian quadruple win.
Hauser experienced a moment of shock after the first shooting when she broke her stick in a fall and lost contact with the leading group. “The fall was in the same place as in the individual and so it’s just really annoying,” said the mass start world champion. In the meantime, however, she fought her way back up to third place. Because of tickets to the last target in each of the two standing stages, Hauser had to go into the penalty loop twice – too many for the jump to the podium. “I’m really happy about seventh place today because the conditions were difficult.”
In the end, Austria’s best biathlete was 44.6 seconds behind the outstanding Simon. In the absence of top athletes Elvira Öberg (SWE), Denise Herrmann-Wick (GER) and Marte Olsbu Röiseland (NOR) the French celebrated her third win of the season ahead of Italy’s Lisa Vittozzi and compatriot Anais Chevalier-Bouchet. Tamara Steiner finished 24th in her first mass start race in the World Cup, almost three minutes behind.
For the 39-year-old Eder, who missed two shots, twelfth place is a great success, as it is the best result of the season so far for Austria’s biathlon men. “It’s a pity about the mistake in the last standing stage, because otherwise it would probably have been a top ten result. But in the end I’m obviously very happy with twelfth place,” explained the man from Salzburg. He was 1:19.6 minutes behind Bö, who won for the ninth time this year ahead of his compatriots Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen, Sturla Holm Laegreid and Tarjei Bö.
Things didn’t go according to plan for David Komatz, who missed three times and was only 29th and penultimate, more than four minutes behind. In the World Cup, Hauser, Eder and Co. continue on Thursday with the races in Antholz.
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