Two in a Row for Boe
|28.02.2013, Oslo / IBU Info JK|
|Clean Shooting and One-tenth-of-a-Second|
|Norway’s Tarjei Boe picked up right off where he left off in Nove Mesto na Morave, with a victory today in the men’s sprint in Oslo. Boe, shooting clean was as impressive today as he was in his mass start win on the last day of the IBU World Championships. His 25:44.5 win put him .1 seconds ahead of France’s Martin Fourcade, who had two penalties. Third went to Andriy Deryzemlya who also shotclean, but was 7.7 seconds back.|
Austria's Dominik Landertinger finished fourth, with one penalty, 17.6 seconds back. Fifth went to Russia's Alexandr Loginov, who also shot clean, 18.3 seconds back. Fourcade's brother Simon, also shooting clean was sixth, 28.9 seconds back.
It was perfect afternoon for biathlon today with bright sunny skies, but the wind and shadows on the shooting range proved to be a bit of a challenge. Local hero Björndalen was an early leader with a clean prone stage, which was almost a rare commodity as many of the men had at least one prone penalty. Soon Boe and Deryzemlya matched with clean shooting. The difference came in standing as those two shot clean while Björndalen had three penalties. Back at number 27, Fourcade had a prone penalty, but was in contention due to his ski speed. The Total Score leader had another penalty in standing and left 15.6 seconds behind the Ukrainian. Boe flew around the tracks and was in the finish 7.7 seconds ahead of Deryzemlya, while Fourcade was still out on the tracks. Fourcade made a valiant effort to get ahead of Boe, but missed by a mere one-tenth-of-a-second. Fourcade’s older brother Simon also made a run at the top spot, shooting clean in both stages and leaving standing tied for the lead. However he slowed down over the final 3.3K leg and slipped to sixth, just behind Loginov, who was starter number 55.
First Win in Oslo
The victory for Boe was his first in Oslo. "Winning here it is a new feeling; to win at home is special. I joked that I wanted to win at least once before I finished my career, so now I have checked that off my list...No, I am not retiring; I plan to have a long career... It is so fun to be here because my family and girlfriend and a lot of people are here cheering for me. It is fun to give something back to them."
Yet, he was not so confident of a win earlier in the day. "I was so tired after breakfast that I went back to bed for 30 minutes. I really do not know why. But I hope that I feel stronger on my skis in the pursuit." After missing more than half of the season, he added that he "has new motivation and wants to compete at his maximum for the rest of the season. Having good races in Sochi next week will be great as next year is all about the Olympics there.'
Managing Shooting and Skiing
Deryzemlya's last podium was in Khanty Mansiysk in 2010. He explained his long absence from the top ranks. "Many times I do not manage to manage both the shooting and skiing but today I did, so I am very happy about that and being up here."