Boe fights back from illness to take mass start victory

Boe fights back from illness to take mass start victory
By Sportsbeat

22/01/2017 at 12:07Updated

Johannes Thingnes Boe became the first Norwegian to win an individual Biathlon World Cup event this season with victory in the men's 15km mass start in Antholz.

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Boe, who has now recorded five podium finishes across all events this season, shot clean to cross the line in a time of 37:04.3 minutes.

Second place was taken by France's Quentin Fillon Maillet who finished 3.7 seconds back after picking up a single penalty on the shooting range.

Anton Shipulin - who won the 20km individual on Friday - finished third, 21.7 seconds back, with one penalty to his name.

Boe said: "It means a lot, it's been a long time since my last win.

"When you are not in your best shape and you don't have the results that you want, it's not easy to think positively.

"But I have maintained my aggression and my ambition to win."

Despite finishing fifth in Antholz, Martin Fourcade continues to lead the overall standings on 824 points, with Shipulin second on 548.

Just behind him is Germany's Simon Schempp on 522 points, while victory sees Boe occupy eighth spot in the standings on 425.

The World Cup tour moves to Hochfilzen, Austria, in February, with 11 events to be completed for the men this term.

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