Brilliant Johannes Thingnes Boe celebrates Sprint Crystal Globe in style, equals record
A masterful performance from Johannes Thingnes Boe saw him celebrate his Sprint Crystal Globe in style with a record-equalling 14th win of the season.
(L-R) Second placed Italy's Lukas Hofer, first placed Norway's Johannes Thingnes Boe third placed France's Quentin Fillon Maillet celebrate on the podium after the IBU World Cup biathlon men's 10 km sprint competition in Oslo, on March 22, 2019.
Setting off 28th Boe shot flawlessly and quickly in the first shoot, a stark contrast to last Sunday when he fell to pieces in the Mass Start of the World Championships.
The world champion was in no mood for any mistakes this time and despite missing once during his second shoot his skiing was blisteringly fast and he finished at 24:39.9, an incredible 31.7 ahead of second-placed Lukas Hofer.
Highlights of Boe's magnificent performance in Holmenkollen
Victory is Boe’s 14th of the season which equals the record set by Martin Fourcade in the 2016/17 season and Magdalena Forsberg in the 2000/01 season.
“Winning here at Holmenkollen is one of the best wins of the season. Winning here for the third time (two sprints, one mass start) is great!”
It is his seventh Sprint win of the season, out of the nine races.
He also takes the Individual Globe.
It puts Boe in a fantastic position as the leader of the Pursuit on Saturday, 35 seconds ahead of his nearest rival for that globe Quentin Fillon Maillet, who took bronze.
Boe’s older brother Tarjei also started strongly but like his brother missed once during his second shoot and had to settle for fifth in the end.