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Benedikt Doll at the shooting range

Photo: Martin Divisek / EPA

One day after the worst race of his biathlon career, Benedikt Doll returned with a second place in the mass start in Oslo.

Even more seemed possible for the 33-year-old on Saturday, but two late shooting errors made his third win of the season impossible.

After 15 kilometers, Doll had to admit defeat only to the Norwegian Sturla Holm Laegreid (1 mistake), 6.4 seconds behind.

Third place went to the Swede Jesper Nelin (1).

Nine minutes back the day before

Doll, who will end his career at the end of March, did much better at the beginning than on Friday.

The Black Forester was more than nine minutes behind after seven shooting errors in the individual; 74th place was his weakest position in around 13 years in the World Cup.

In the mass start at Holmenkollen, Doll remained clean in both prone stages and was initially in third place.

Another five hits put him in second place, just 0.4 seconds behind Tarjei Bø.

Although he made a mistake at the shooting range in his last appearance, he fought for second place against Nelin thanks to a strong final lap on the cross-country ski trail.

DSV women disappoint

The second best German was Philipp Nawrath (1) in sixth place, Justus Strelow was the only German without a shooting error and came eighth.

Johannes Kühn (5) was 19th and was unable to take part in the fight for the top places.

Roman Rees (4/24th) and Philipp Horn (5/25th) ended up even further back.

The German women had previously disappointed, Sophia Schneider was the best in 18th place when the Swiss Lena Häcki-Groß won.

At the end of the World Cup at Holmenkollen, two mixed competitions are on the program on Sunday.