Johannes Thingnes Bø missed twice on the last shot and ended up in third place. The Norwegian tells NRK after the race that he is very uncertain about his own form.
The Swedish biathletes have shown awe-inspiring form so far this year’s season, with Hanna Öberg leading the World Cup for women, and on Saturday Sebastian Samuelsson continued the solid start to the season.
From start number 18, Samuelsson took his first World Cup winner during the hunt start in Kontiolahti. With only one barrier in total and good speed in the track, no one was able to do anything with the 23-year-old.
French Fabien Claude, Johannes Thingnes Bø and Sturla Holm Lægreid settled for the last two podium places, where the former in the last round moved away and secured second place.
Thingnes Bø finished third, just ahead of Lægreid, who had climbed 18 places after starting as 22nd.
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Uncertain Thingnes Bø
After the race, it was a worried World Cup leader who showed up for an interview with NRK.
– I do not think the result is so sickly important today. I do not really feel completely present, neither mentally nor physically, and that is what scares me the most, says Thingnes Bø, and continues:
– I have the opportunity to win this anyway, and manage to get a podium place with me even if I’m not quite where I should be, and that’s good. It’s a long season here, and I have to find out before next week.
Thingnes Bø has a habit of catching up, and pulling away, competitors he meets in the track, but during the hunt he admits that there was little that voted out in the Finnish forests.
– I feel a bit like a tough guy on skis. Does not do well on skis and there is no rhythm or physique in what I do. I lose in all games where I tend to be good, over balls and on slopes, and all the way. I have lost the drive I have to normal, and lose a lot of energy, says Thingnes Bø.
Will stand on 49 World Cup victories
Big brother Tarjei Bø first went out in Saturday’s hunt start, after the victory in the sprint on Thursday. However, the 32-year-old had to endure as many as three booms on the first shot, and was thus out of the close fight.
After going out as number three, 29 seconds behind Tarjei, it was instead Johannes who led between the first and fourth shooting. But in a duel with Samuelsson on the last shot, the Norwegian missed twice, while the Swede himself missed once.
Thus, Johannes Thingnes Bø is still standing with his 49th World Cup victories.
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