Norwegian biathlete Johannes Thingnes Bö triumphed in Wednesday’s 10 km sprint in the 6th round of the World Cup.
He shot flawlessly in Oberhof, Germany, and booked his 51st career victory, including the fiftieth anniversary in a prestigious series. Thanks to that, he strengthened his lead in the overall SP classification.
His compatriot Sturla Holm Laegreid was 12.4 seconds behind him, the German Arnd Peiffer (+27.9) took third place.
Michal Šíma was the highest of the three Slovak representatives, who had a clean shot and finished in a solid 25th place (+1: 42.5 min).
He thus scored 16 points in the evaluation of the World Championships and scored as the first Slovak men this season. At the same time, he significantly improved his career maximum.
“From the first lap I felt quite good on the track. At the beginning I caught the German Lesser, behind me I rode well the first lap and I had a good running time there. I was fine on the shooting range, after the last shot I thought, that if not today, then probably never again.
Then I tried to get as much as possible in the last round, even though I was running out of energy a bit. Today I felt good on the track, on the shooting range and my skis went well, the service did a very good job, “said Šíma in an interview for the slovenskybiatlon.sk portal after the race.
Tomáš Hasilla finished 79th (+3: 19.2) with three mistakes on the shooting range, Matej Baloga was 85th with two mistakes (+3: 39.8).
After five days, JT Bö repeated his triumph in the sprint in Oberhof. He hit all 10 targets, and he also dominated cross-country skiing. He led after the first shot, when he had a good 3.7 s ahead of the second Lukas Hofer, after the stand he increased his lead over the Italian to 7.1 s.
He comfortably guarded the lead until Hofer lacked strength in the end and dropped to sixth position. Bö already has a 47-point lead over the second Laegreid at the head of the World Championships.
First points in your career
Of the three Slovaks, Michal Ším was the most successful. He recorded zero on the bed and left it at the 25th place. In the second round he ran slower, lagging behind by 40 seconds, but concentrating on the shooting range.
He hit all the targets in the stand again and then jumped up from the current 36th position to the final 25th place, which meant the first points in his career for him.
Tomáš Hasilla hesitated once in the first shot, after the bed he completed up to two penalty circuits and dropped to the 81st place. He managed to get two more places in the final circuit.
The youngest member of the Slovak team, Matej Baloga, got a chance at the beginning of the starting list, the first hill ran fast and after the 1st round he lost only 37 seconds to JT Bö.
He missed one target in the first and second shootings, but in the end he lacked strength and in the last section he was one of the slowest competitors. That is also why, with a gap of 3:40 min, he took the 85th place.
SP in Oberhof
men – sprint for 10 km: 1. Johannes Thingnes Bö 24: 43.6 min. (0 laps), 2. Sturla Holm Laegreid (both Norwegian) +12.4 s (0), 3. Arnd Peiffer (DEU) +27.9 (0), 4. Erik Lesser (Fr.) +30.6 (0), 5. Johannes Dale (NOR) +38.3 (1), 6. Lukas Hofer (ITA) +40.7 (2), 7. Dmytro Pidručnyj (UKR) +45 , 5 (1), 8. Quentin Fillon Maillet (Fr.) +46,3 (1), 9. Martin Ponsiluoma (SWE) +46,9 (2), 10. Matvej Yeliseyev (RUS) +47, 5 (0),…, 25. Michal ŠÍMA +1: 42.5 min (0), 79. Tomáš HASILLA +3: 19.2 (3), 85. Matej BALOGA +3: 39.8 (2)
running order in sprint (6 of 10): 1. JT Bö 319 points, 2. Dale 258, 3. Laegreid 236, 4. Tarjei Bö (NOR) 225, 5. Martin Ponsiluoma (SWE) 208, 6. Sebastian Samuelsson (Sweden) .) 203,…, 55. ŠÍMA 16
overall ranking of SP (12 z 26): 1. J.T. Bö 582 b.,
2. Laegreid 535, 3. Dale 474, 4. T. Bö 451, 5. Samuelsson 426, 6. Emilien
Jacquelin (Fr.) 406, …, 64. ŠÍMA 16
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