Fredrik Lindström had only started in two races during the entire season.
But the veteran who shot the OLYMPIC gold medal to Sweden in the last year had come back from his glandular fever just to the home-world CUP. And in Saturday's relay, when the men hunted an OLYMPIC replay, he got the start for Sweden.
it was a extraskott for Lindstrom but in the portrait he was clean.
When switching over to Jesper Nelin, Sweden was eight, nine seconds after the lead.
"I do not believe that I had been able to do so much more," says Lindström afterwards.
" this was the main goal when I was sick. So to get lagledningens the confidence to have a takeoff is great.
Nelin needed to load two reservskott in his landscape series, and one in portrait. But a rock-solid Nelin picked up sharply in his slutvarv, and sent out of the world CUP-debutante writer Martin Ponsiluoma – new in the quartet since the OLYMPICS last year – was third, for 18.8 seconds from the lead.
Ponsiluoma (two extraskott total) remained on the podium after his first shooting, but then it was a fierce fight with Germany's Arnd peiffer invited.
When switching over to the Sebastian Samuelsson had peiffer invited passed by a wide margin, and Sweden, low four.
But medaljchansen was behind topptrion Norway (Johannes Thingnes Bø on the last leg), Germany (Benedikt Doll) and France (Martin Fourcade).
the women's relay, where Hanna Öberg shook in the shooting, however, it was the star – Sebastian Samuelsson – who suffered from nerves at the shooting range.
the Dream of the podium went up in smoke with three bars in landscape shooting. He had the knife at your throat, but avoided straffrunda.
" I am afraid so, said skyttetränaren Johan Hagström to SVT.
in it. Even if it was more exciting than expected when Fourcade surprisingly got two penalty in the final shooting.
After another two use extraskott went in goal seventh, 1 minute and 37 seconds after Bø and Norway that took even a world CHAMPIONSHIP gold medal.
Germany took the silver, Russia bronze.
Biathlon world CHAMPIONSHIPS in Östersund 2019 – everything you need to know