Anton Shipulin: “I think Martin Fourcade should look back”

Russian biathlete Anton Shipulin was awarded the Small Crystal Globefor the series of victories in mass starts. In the final race of the season 2014/2015 at the World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk Shipulin took second place, which allowed him to become inaccessible to his main rival in the fight for the Mass Start victory – France’s Martin Fourcade.

Russian athlete covered the 15 km distance in 38 minutes 20.1 seconds, with two misses at four shooting ranges. Jakov Fak of Slovenia who shot cleanly (38:09.8) became the winner. Tarjei Boe of Norway with one miss (38:22.3) took 3rd place.

At the press conference after the race Anton SHIPULIN said the following:

“Today’s race turned out to be a good one. Unfortunately, once again I didn’t manage  to shoot clean. The skis were sliding well, my fitness shape was also good, but I can already feel the end of the season. However, with such a support from the audience  I could not perform badly.

The Small Crystal Globe is a cool start. Maybe it’s a good thing that I’m now second. It will give me motivation. I think that Martin should look back. We have just started to work under a new methodology. I lacked stability. The next year I will have to fight hard until the end of the season. It will be very interesting. “

The last Russian who managed to win the Small Crystal Globe was Dmitry Yaroshenko, who won this trophy in the pursuit race, in 2007.

Shipulin took second place in the World Cup overall standings season 2014/15.