Norwegian biathlete Johannes Thingnes Boe won the IBU World Championships Men’s 12.5 km Pursuit for the second year in a row, with a time of 32:36.9. After an early penalty-strewn race, Boe cleaned the final standing stage to secure his victory.
Boe admitted that the win was hard-fought and meant a lot to him. He explained how the final two shootings were not easy due to the presence of wind and nerves, but he focused on aiming towards the center and secured his Gold medal.
The Gold medalist had not expected to win before the championships but was thrilled with his performance. He credited his success to having great skis again that day and improving his shape over time.
Norway swept the podium once again, as they did yesterday in the sprint competition. This time, Sturla Holm Laegreid moved from seventh place after the first prone stage to clean all standing stages and win Silver with a time of 31:05.6, 28.7 seconds behind Boe. Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen finished third with three penalties like Laegreid, winning Bronze with a time of 36:14.4, 38.5 seconds back from Silver medalist Laegreid.
Christiansen’s Bronze medal was his first individual IBU WCH medal ever.
In an interview after winning gold, Boe said that it was a dream come true for him and he could not have done it without great skis and good training.
The Norwegian team had been preparing for this championship for months and were ecstatic about their performance in this event.
It is worth noting that Norway has dominated this event for several years now and has won multiple golds in both men’s and women’s events at these championships.