Drama in Ruhpolding.  The Russians won the men's relay

At the first stage, our team was represented by Karim Khalili, who shot accurately, but not very fast. He didn’t walk very fast either. But in any case, not the Russian was in the spotlight. The drama happened at the shooting range, when Swede Peppe Femling and Norwegian Alexander Andersen started shooting… at the same target. I must say that the Norwegians acted as a reserve team, but the Scandinavians have such a team that most teams can only envy. And they had a great chance for a medal, but it was taken away by Femling. It was he who was wrong – he fired at someone else’s target.

It is interesting that the judges in the end did not punish the Swedes in any way, and the Norwegians were given back two minutes lost at the turn. However, this no longer made much sense. Andersen passed the baton last with a delay of two minutes and 36 seconds.

For the Russian team, for which Serokhvostov played at the second stage, there was one less competitor. Daniil evenly passed his segment of the distance, but the second stage did not really decide anything – at least nine teams claimed medals after him.

The Italian Dominique Windisch was the first to pass the baton to his partner Didier Biona, a few seconds ahead of the Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian and Frenchman. In the third stage, Alexander Loginov ran and ran fast. Very quickly he took the lead, while shooting clean prone. After the border, the race was led by a Slavic trio: a Russian, a Ukrainian and a Belarusian. Ukrainian Bohdan Tsymbal soon fell behind, however. At the finish of the stage, his place was taken by a German biathlete.

The relay almost turned into another drama: our finisher Maxim Tsvetkov took the wrong poles. And he barely had time to change them and go to the last stage paired with Belarusian Anton Smolsky.

Prone shooting: bravo, Tsvetkov! Both clean and fast. Eh, it would be nice to go along the distance … But here it turns out only cleanly. Belarusian and German Navrat are pulling up to Maxim. On the “rack” the Russian is also accurate, but the lead over Navrat is only 12 seconds.

For a kilometer to the finish line – already seven, for 800 meters – five. Will the German really eat Tsvetkov?! The tension reaches its climax, but Maxim removes questions on the descent: his skis roll better than the opponent’s and the Russian is easily carried away to a safe distance from Navrata.

Victory! The first relay of the season, the first in Ruhpolding in 12 years. And very important three weeks before the start of the Olympic Games.


Relay 4×7.5 km

1. Russia (Karim Khalili, Daniil Serokhvostov, Alexander Loginov, Maxim Tsvetkov) – 1:11.06.1 (0 penalties + 4 extra rounds).
2. Germany – backlog 7.0 (0+2).
3. Belarus + 23.0 (0 + 6).

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