Tarjei Bø (33) sprinted Sturla Holm Lægreid (24) in the battle for 3rd place. Johannes Thingnæs Bø (28) had another heavy day on the stand.
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Sturla Holm Lægreid (24) had the best starting point of the Norwegians before the start of the hunt in Oberhof. He finished third, 15 seconds behind Alexandr Loginov.
The Russian went hard from the start and increased vis à vis competitors in the track. Loginov also showed calm and strength on the stand, and seemed impossible to keep up with.
Behind the Russian, Holm Lægreid was joined by Tarjei Bø. The Norwegian duo came together for the second shooting, but both ended up in penalty rounds.
The snow fell heavily in Oberhof, where Norwegians, Swedes, French and Germans fought for the podium behind Loginov. On the third shot, both Bø and Lægreid missed twice each and the hope of a place on the podium seemed heavy.
– This is far too bad under such conditions. It is a weak Norwegian effort, was the verdict from NRK’s Ola Lunde.
It went even worse for the seemingly unstoppable Loginov, who missed the last three shots on the last shot. French Quentin Fillon Maillet seized the opportunity and kept away from Swedish Sebastian Samuelsson in the last round.
Loginov’s boom party also opened the door for Bø and Lægreid. They ended up in a sprint duel for 3rd place, where the former proved to be the strongest.
Johannes Thingnes Bø ended up in 21st place and was merciless with himself after the race.
– It’s the worst weekend I’ve had. It is horrible, he says to NRK.
– It is probably ten years since the last time it was so bad, he continued.
Thingnes Bø had a bad starting point at the start of the hunt after finishing 28th in Friday’s sprint.
– I just have to get better. This does not matter. I have to stop whining and stop being sad, Thingnes Bø told NRK then.
During Sunday’s hunt start, there were five new penalty rounds.
– Do you have any explanation for why you miss so much?
– I’m out of ideas. I do not know what to do anymore. I can only hope for a miracle. It is not something that has not been tried, to put it that way, Thingnes Bø answers.
– A month to the Olympics, are you worried?
– Yes of course. Something else would have been stupid to answer, he says, but believes it may still be possible to take Olympic gold in a few weeks.
The Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, start on February 4.
Filip Fjeld Andersen and Sivert Bakken also finished outside the top ten.
With the victory, Fillon Maillet also took over the lead in the World Cup overall.