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Kontiolahti World Cup | Pursuit: Jacquelin on the podium, Boe still winner ahead of Laegrid

The sprint-pursuit double for Johannes Boe. Despite three shooting errors, the Norwegian, still impressive on skis, was not worried in the pursuit in Kontiolahti (Finland) and won ahead of his compatriot Sturla Laegreid (+19.2) and Emilien Jacquelin (+47.3 ). The biathlete from Dauphiné offers France its first individual podium in the World Cup this season.

Starting with bib number 15, Fabien Claude made the great comeback of the day by finishing in seventh place while Quentin Fillon-Maillet, 10th, entered the top 10 for the first time this season.

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The sprint-pursuit double for Johannes Boe. Despite three shooting errors, the Norwegian, still impressive on skis, was not worried about the pursuit in Kontiolahti (Finland) and won ahead of his compatriot Sturla Laegreid (+19.2) and E. Jacquelin (+ 47.3). The biathlete from Dauphiné offers France its first individual podium in the World Cup this season. Starting with bib number 15, Fabien Claude made the great comeback of the day by finishing in seventh place while Quentin Fillon-Maillet, 10th, entered the top 10 for the first time this season.

Johannes Thingnes Boe during the World Cup pursouite in Kontiolahti, December 4, 2022

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Three shooting fouls

He had not achieved a sprint-pursuit double since Hochfilzen in December 2019. Johannes Boe thus offered himself a 57th career victory in the World Cup, the 13th in pursuit after a race during which he will have goes it alone.

And yet, if the Norwegian still made his speed speak on the track (best skiing time), he did not have to tear himself away to keep his first place despite a 17/20 in shooting. The fault of his pursuers who failed to take advantage of his 3/5 on the last standing to catch up. Sturla Laegreid (18/20) has certainly once again demonstrated that he will have to be counted on this season but picked the last target when Emilien Jacquelin (18/20), by dint of procrastination, left to shoot twice.

Johannes Thingnes Boe winner of the World Cup pursuit in Kontiolahti, December 4, 2022

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Fillon Maillet progresses slowly

The Frenchman, third best time on the spatulas, author of a faultless before that was able despite everything to offer the first individual podium to the tricolor this season. Starting in 5th position, the Dauphinois was able to slip into a trio with the Swede Sebastian Samuelsson and the German Roman Rees before flying away thanks to his success on the shooting range. A success that fled him during his fourth pass in front of the targets, otherwise he could even have hoped to go and play for the win.

Enough to launch the Blues who continue to monopolize the places of honor. After a 9th place on the individual, Fabien Claude offered himself a new top 10. Starting with bib number 15, the Vosgien finished in a good 7th place (18/20) when Quentin Fillon Maillet (17/20) is slowly entering its season. The title holder of the big globe rose from 14th to 10th place. The best for the Jura but it’s still far from enough to compete with the Norwegians.

Johannes Boe and Sturla Laegreid retain their first and second place overall ahead of Rees and Samuelsson. Finally fourth and fifth in the pursuit, the German and the Swede finished in the top 5 for the third time in three races this season.

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