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Bø claims victory in opening sprint event of biathlon World Cup season

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BySportsbeat
01/12/2019 at 18:20 | Updated 01/12/2019 at 18:20

A prone penalty was not enough to stop Norway's Johannes Thingnes Bø from winning the opening men's biathlon sprint of the season.

Bø, the Olympic 20-kilometres champion, triumphed over 10km with a time of in 24:18.3 in Östersund, Sweden.

The 26-year-old received one penalty in the first of the two shooting sections in the sprint event, but crucially shot clean in the second.

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The Norwegian's skiing speed saw him pull clear of his rivals to take victory and start his campaign in the best possible fashion.

After the win, he commented: "I do not think I have the margin on the tracks that I had last season. It has disappeared. It will be harder to get sprint wins this year.

"I did not think there was that big of a chance to win compared to last year, but I did and am proud of that."

Bø's older brother Tarjei also ended the competition with one shooting penalty, crossing the line as runner-up 19 seconds down, Russia's Matvey Eliseev shot clean for third and fourth went to Alexander Loginov, with one penalty, 27.1 seconds back.

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