Will there be another German surprise?
The German men are not necessarily among the favorites today, but yesterday’s race with Denise Herrmann’s gold coup showed that a lot is possible in the individual if you catch the perfect day. Johannes Kühn (car number 8), Erik Lesser (27), Benedikt Doll (44) and Roman Rees (54) were nominated for today’s race.
Who are the favourites?
Individuals often have their own laws, so picking a clear favorite isn’t easy. Tarjei Bø, who was the only athlete to have stood on the podium in both individual races this winter, should figure his chances. But his brother Johannes Thingnes Bø could also be considered for medals if he does well on the shooting range. Third favorite in the ranks of the Norwegians is Sturla Holm Lægreid. The French around Quentin Fillon Maillet and Simon Desthieux are also to be rated highly.
That’s due today
Unlike in the sprint, the individual not only runs longer, but also shoots four times. There, every mistake has a penalty minute as a consequence, there are no penalty loops. As a result, the better shooters have an advantage in this competition, since errors cannot be easily compensated for by fast running times.
Hello and welcome to the next biathlon decision at the Beijing Olympics! From 9:30 a.m. the men will fight for gold, silver and bronze individually.