Johannes Thingnes Bø (28) seemed to be on his way to the second victory of the season, but the boom shot on the last shot was costly. And on the last lap, in the last individual practice before the Olympics, he was parked.
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Stryningen had a lead of ten seconds down to German Benedikt Doll into the standings before the last and decisive shot, but Thingnes Bø missed the very last shot while Doll shot full house, and went out with a lead of seven seconds.
Then they thought that “Thingnes Bø could take this well”, but the German actually parked Thingnes Bø.
On the last second of the last round, he more than doubled the lead to Thingnes Bø, and in the end, Stryningen was 31 seconds behind the German in goal. However, it was a second place, which is an upturn after several weak performances this season.
– I had thought he would take Doll, but probably gives up a little when he sees he does not take it quickly, says former biathlete Liv Grete Skjelbreid in NRK’s studio.
– He is approaching great form, but it was probably disappointing not to manage that victory there, said NRK’s Ola Lunde.
There were three booms on Thingnes Bø, which has still only won one individual race this season.
One victory came in French Annecy a little over a month ago. Despite the fact that Thingnes Bø has not delivered at the level we are used to this season, he gave VG a clear message earlier in January:
– Believe me, the Olympics will be good!
Sturla Holm Lægreid took third place, one minute and 28 seconds behind the victorious Doll. Sivert Bakken delivered a good race and finished in 5th place.
Sunday is the last chance to refine the Olympic form for the Norwegian biathletes. Then there is the relay in Anterselva.
The case is being updated.