Bø runs his own race
Johannes Thingnes Bø runs a lonely and strong race in front. On the second round, the Norwegian continues to increase his lead over the competition. He comes to the second shooting with a lead of almost a minute.
Simon Eder started with five goals and made up a few places. The Austrian ranks 14th.
Doll shoots himself out, Rees hits everything
Benedikt Doll made another false start and missed two targets while lying down. He falls back to 18th place and is now a minute behind bronze. The best German is now Roman Rees in ninth place after a clean shooting session. Johannes Kühn also got through cleanly and improved from 33rd to 16th place. Philipp Nawrath (1 error) is in 21st place.
Quentin Fillon Maillet also comes through clean and gives chase, 41 seconds back. After that, however, there is nothing for a long time! All pursuers sometimes miss several targets at the same time and so ROC athlete Latypov starts the round in third place, 40 seconds behind Fillon Maillet.
Bø is at the shooting range! The wind flags are blowing properly, and the snow is flying over the system. The Norwegian turns the diopter slightly, takes his time and fires all five shots into the target! The first step to the third gold has been taken.
Bø starts strong
Johannes Thingnes Bø puts his foot down again on the first lap and extends his lead over Quentin Fillon Maillet by eight seconds over the first 1.5 kilometers.
Doll with strong comrades-in-arms
Benedikt Doll is also surrounded by very strong colleagues on the first lap. The German is traveling with Norwegian Sturla Holm Lægreid, Émilien Jacquelin from France and Anton Smolski from Belarus.
Behind the leader and closest pursuer Quentin Fillon Maillet, two duos could make common ground on the first lap. Tarjei Bø and Maxim Tsvetkov as well as the Swedes Samuelsson and Ponsiluoma will start their journey almost at the same time.
Here we go!
The starting signal has been given and Johannes Thingnes Bø has set off in the snow. Will the Norwegian remain the big dominator of these games and take his third gold?
With four shooting bouts – twice prone and twice standing – over only 12.5 kilometers, the rankings in the pursuer are usually mixed up. If you also consider that fresh snow and wind are currently making the conditions difficult, you can expect a lot of drama at the shooting range. Even athletes who are further behind can certainly catapult themselves far ahead with good shooting results today.
Switzerland without Weger
Switzerland has to do without top man Benjamin Weger today. After yesterday’s sprint (53rd) didn’t work at all, the 32-year-old retired for the pursuer in order to at least be fit for the relay on Tuesday. After a solid sprint from position 27, Sebastian Stalder left the track as the best Swiss, 1:48 minutes behind Johannes Thingnes Bø. Also in this pursuer are Niklas Hartweg (37./+2:05 min.) and Joscha Burkhalter (45./+2:28 min.).
The best Austrian
The Austrians didn’t have their best day in the sprint either. The experienced Simon Eder ended up in 18th place with a shooting error and is now 1:27 minutes behind the leader in the cross-country ski run. Felix Leitner will start from position 46 with a time of 2:33 minutes. The ÖSV can’t muster any more, since David Komatz and Patrick Jakob missed out on the top 60 in yesterday’s sprint and are not allowed to start in the pursuit.
Doll has the podium in view
Best German in the sprint was Benedikt Doll. The 31-year-old could even have fought for a medal if he hadn’t made what he called a “careless” shooting error. With a gap of almost half a minute to the bronze rank, that should definitely be possible today, especially since there are four shots in the pursuer. Roman Rees starts the race as the second DSV Skijäger from position 17, 1:24 minutes behind the leaders. In addition, Philipp Nawrath (22./+1:43 min.) and Johannes Kühn (33./+1:53 min.)
Bø alone in the field
The absolute top favorite for gold is Johannes Thingnes Bø. The Norwegian, who has already won three medals in these games, was unbeatable in the sprint and is 26 seconds ahead of Frenchman Quentin Fillon Maillet. In terms of skating, Bø was the measure of all things again after a mixed season and could even afford to make one or two misses in this pursuer and still fight for the medals. His brother Tarjei in third (+0:39 minutes), Maxim Tsvetkov (ROC, +0:41 minutes) and the two Swedes Sebastian Samuelsson (+0:52 minutes) and Martin Ponsiluoma (+0:54 minutes) also have good chances of precious metal.
Hello and welcome to the next biathlon decision at the Beijing Olympics! At 11:45 a.m., the men will be fighting for gold, silver and bronze in the 12.5 km pursuit.