Biathlon: Bö also triumphs in the hunt – daring with a solid race to catch up

Status: 01.07.2023 16:02

Nothing has pushed against Johannes Thingnes Bö these days. He also won the biathlon pursuit. German podium hopes were dashed at the shooting range. Only Johannes Kühn was able to convince.

Serial winner Johannes Thingnes Bö won his next race: The biathlon winner celebrated a superior victory at the start and finish in the 12.5 kilometer pursuit from Pokljuka on Saturday (07.01.2023). The best Germans were Benedikt Doll and Johannes Kühn in eleventh and twelfth place.

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59th World Cup victory for Bö

Today’s winner Bö could also afford two penalties – and still won with a lead of more than a minute over the competition. The Norwegian World Cup leader already left the final stage standing with a jubilant fist and rode a lap of honor to his 59th World Cup victory.

Fillon Maillet from nine to two

The fight for the other places on the podium was tighter. After the final shootout, three riders still had chances for second and third place. Frenchman Quentin Fillon Maillet (+1:04.9 minutes) finally prevailed, beating the eldest brother Bö Tarjei (+1:06.6 minutes) to finish and finishing second.

Three Norwegians in the top 4

Norway’s Sturla Holm Laegreid had to retire earlier, but in fourth position (+1:17.8 minutes) underlined the strong Norwegian performance. Italian Tommaso Giacomel achieved his best World Cup finish in fifth (+1:31.0 minutes). However, the 22-year-old failed to crack the top three with two penalties in the final stage of the rankings.

Four to Eleven Year Old Doll – “Stupid Careless Mistakes”

The best German was Benedikt Doll, who failed to get on the podium from the first shoot. After fourth in Friday’s sprint, the mighty Black Forester missed the first two shots – and fell back to 16th. Doll fought her way into the top 10 in the third shooting stage, but ultimately missed a better placement due to an error on the last shooting stage.

“It was very boring. It was stupid careless mistakes”the 32-year-old got angry after the race and explained: “I pulled the trigger too soon, I hadn’t even crossed the finish line.” On her 16th best run, Doll said: “Skiing-wise, it wasn’t ideal today either. I used yesterday’s skis, but today was too cold for that. It wasn’t much fun.”

Boldly 44-12 and World Cup standard

Johannes Kühn, meanwhile, had a very solid race, moving up to twelfth place after finishing 44th in the sprint. The 31-year-old completed all four stages and set the seventh fastest time, making him the top athlete in the pursuit. With his second top 15 of the winter, he also broke the standard for the World Championships at home in Oberhof.

“I feel like it’s going on its own”

“I wanted to do better than yesterday, even if it wasn’t difficult. I also set myself the goal of conveying what I can really do in competition.”said Kühn after the race and analyzed: “Maybe it was just luck. I didn’t feel bad in the last few races either, and I still haven’t scored. Today the shots that were really bad were fired. Today today, I had the feeling that it was going to happen on its own.”

Rees drops to 15th

Roman Rees, eighth in the sprint, has long been the best German in the race. However, two shot errors in the last shot kept him from breaking into the top 10, and he finished 15th.

Strelow and Horn eliminated

Justus Strelow and Philipp Horn, far behind, should be really annoyed. Strelow was only 51st with five penalties, Horn, who started from 29th place, even missed seven times and was only 54th.

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Johannes Thingnes Bö was also unbeatable in the pursuit on the Pokljuka and won by more than a minute ahead of Quentin Fillon Maillet and Tarjei Bö.

After the sprint, Sweden’s Elvira Öberg also won the pursuit on Pokljuka. Denise Herrmann-Wick was the best German in seventh place.

In the men’s biathlon sprint in Pokljuka, Norwegian Johannes Thingnes Bö took his fourth victory in the fourth race. Benedikt Doll from Germany just missed out on a place on the podium.

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