Terrific weekend for Russia in Pokljuka

Evgeny Ustyugov (AFP Photo / Str)
Team Russia produced a terrific performance this weekend at the biathlon World Cup event in Slovenian Pokljuka, claiming four golds in four disciplines.

The weekend’s hero, no doubt, was Svetlana Sleptsova, who won the 10-kilometer pursuit event on Sunday for her second victory in two days – Sleptsova also won Saturday's sprint.

The Russian missed two targets, but finished first more than 36 seconds ahead of Germany’s Magdalena Neuner to record her sixth World Cup victory.

Sleptsova’s teammate Anna Bogaly-Titovets was 43.2 seconds back in third with two missed targets.

Following the success Sleptsova, rose to third in the overall World Cup standings with 272 points. And she has also taken the lead in this year’s pursuit ranking.

Meanwhile, in the men’s event no one could compare with Evgeny Ustyugov. The Russian started 7th on Sunday, and despite two misses, rocketed to his first win of the season. Ustyugov’s teammate, Ivan Cherezov, who won Saturday’s sprint headed in the other direction, dropping from first to eighth.

Ustyugov is now second in the pursuit ranking, back from Austria’s Christof Sumann.