Loginov secures biathlon World Cup victory of campaign

Loginov secures biathlon World Cup victory of campaign
By Sportsbeat

11/01/2019 at 15:43

Alexander Loginov secured his first biathlon World Cup victory of the season to end Johannes Thingnes Boe's hot streak in the men's 10km sprint in Oberhof.

The Russian, who's been forced to play second fiddle this campaign by claiming two silver and two bronze medals, usurped the overall World Cup leader by over 25 seconds to prevent Boe from clinching a fourth successive victory.

There was no stopping the reigning pursuit world champion on the day as he shot cleanly throughout to cross the line in 25:50.9 and top the standings as Boe missed just one shot to dash his chances of earning a seventh gold in his last nine World Cup races.

Meanwhile 21-year-old Swedish Olympic relay champion Sebastian Samuelsson claimed his first World Cup medal of his career to complete the podium – finishing 36.5 seconds behind Loginov.

Frenchman Martin Fourcade, the only other athlete on the tour to win a World Cup gold this season, was shunted down to seventh spot despite only failing to hit the target on one occasion.

President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach attended the event in Germany and was spotted in conversation with Boe post-race.

The silver medal keeps Boe top of the overall standings, but his lead was cut by second-placed Loginov.

Sportsbeat 2019