The Great British men’s biathlon team suffered another blow in the recent leg of the IBU World Cup as they were again lapped in the 4×7.5km relay at Ruhpolding, Germany.
The team, consisting of Kevin Kane, Pete Beyer, Marcel Laponder and Scott Dixon, were looking to improve on a 21st place finish at last week’s Oberhof event and got off to a decent start with Kane finishing his leg of the relay in 22nd. Britain started to slip behind though, when Beyer earned a penalty in the prone position, pushing the team back to 25th out of 26 teams. Laponder went on to earn a standing penalty of his own and, by the time Dixon made it to the finish, the team had been lapped with only the Lithuanians behind them.
The performance earned them 16 World Cup points to take them to a total of 55, moving them to 22nd place in the overall standings. After nine competitions, they are also 24th in the Nation Cup table with 814 points.
Kevin Kane and Pete Beyer returned later in the competition to participate in the 10km sprint, although their spirits would not be significantly raised. Kane earned no penalties and used two spare rounds but his time of 27:51.4 was just shy of four minutes off the pace. With Kane in 90th, Beyer came in half a minute later in 94th place.
The news wasn’t brilliant either for Adele Walker in the women’s 7.5km sprint. Taking into account a penalty in the shooting, Walker finished with a time of 26:08 minutes, over five minutes slower than the winner and in 97th place out of 98.
The next leg of the IBU World Cup takes place at Antholz-Anterselva, starting this Wednesday.