And just like that normal service was resumed on the men’s World Cup! After finishing in an unfamiliar second place in the individual Johannes Thingnes Boe stormed back to win the sprint race by 44 seconds.
He hit 10/10 and unless he gets kidnapped by aliens on the final lap it’s almost impossible to stop him winning. His skiing is phenomenal and if he hits the targets the victory is inevitable.
Behind Mr.Boe we noramlly expect to see Frenchmen but not today. It was the Swedes who took up the rest of the podium. Sebastian Samuelsson was second hitting 9/10 and Martin Ponsiluoma was third also with 9 hits. The Swedish team are flying at the minute and seem to have found the ski speed to match their good shooting.
Vetle Christiansen was 4th with 1 miss. Jakov Fak was 5th with 10/10 and Quentin Fillon Maillet 6th also hitting all ten.
There were a few more perfect shoots in the field today with Ondrej Moravec (10th), Michal Krcmar (16th), Adam Runnalls(PB in 46th), Michal Sima (50th) and Andrzej Nedza-Kubiniec (56th) all shooting clean.
There was a personal best for Jake Brown too in 30th with 9/10. His previous best was 40th also in a sprint race. Semen Suchilov also got a PB in 36th with 1 miss.
In the women’s race it was Hanna Oberg who came out on top. It was a fabulous display of biathlon from her shooting 10/10 and winning by almost 24 seconds. Sprint isn’t usually her thing and it’s her first win in this discipline. It was the exact opposite podium from the men with Norway filling up spots 2 and 3 this time.
Marte Olsbu Roeiseland was second with 10/10 and Karoline Knotten was third reaching the podium for the very first time in third also hitting 10.
The top 4 all hit 10 with Johanna Skottheim cleaning too. 5th went to another Swede Mona Brorsson with 9/10 and getting a second PB in 2 days was Dzinara Alimbekava in 6th also with 1 miss.
There was some unbelieveable shooting in the women’s field with Tuuli Tomingas (PB in 7th), Chloe Chevalier (8th), Maren Hammerschmidt (9th), Emilie Kalkenberg (PB in 14th), Iryna Kryuko (15th), Aita Gasparin (20th), Lisa Vittozzi (25th), Clare Egan (27th), Monika Hojnisz-Starega (31st), Christina Rieder (33rd), Dunja Zdouc (34th), Kinga Zbylut (40th), Maria Zdravkova (73rd), Asuka Hachisuka (75th) and Ieva Puce (103rd) all hitting 10/10! Well done ladies!
Irina Kazekevich pushed her personal best up to 28th with 9/10.
It’s now time for the biathletes to pack their bags for the long journey to….Kontiolahti! That’s right we are staying here for World Cup round 1 proper which starts on Thursday with more sprints! See you then!
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