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Neurath successfully defended his yellow jersey with second place

Neurath successfully defended his yellow jersey with second place

Biathlete Philippe Neurat successfully defended his yellow jersey after making his second World Cup podium finish. The 30-year-old came second a day after winning the 12.5km sprint and achieved the second best result of his career despite two shooting errors. In Östersund, Sebastian Samuelsson’s home winner, who was awarded three penalties, was just 5.1 seconds behind.

“It felt good” with the yellow jersey, Neurath told ZDF: “It was a new situation. But I got into it relatively quickly. I had a feeling of confidence. It went well again.” Norwegian Vettel Sjastad Christiansen came in third place after an exciting final lap (one penalty lap/+7.2 seconds).

Nawrath started off perfect with two errorless series and extended his lead to over 40 seconds. Even after the penalty on the third shot, he remained in front, but after another miss he had to let Samuelsson go. In the overall standings he is still one point ahead of the Swede.

Johannes Kuhn (2/+49.7) came in tenth place. With David Zobel (1/+1:36.0) in 16th, Justus Strehlow (2/+1:43.9) in 17th and Benedict Doll (4/+1:54.4), all DSV ski anglers finished in the top 20 . A day after losing the yellow jersey in 56th place in the race, Roman Reis decided not to start due to “continuing signs of moderate injury”.

The athletes now have a four-day break before racing continues on Friday (11.30am / ARD and Eurosport) at the second World Cup of the season in Hochfilzen, Austria.