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Biathlon Worlds: Norwegian Johannes Boe wins his 18th world title

The Norwegian Johannes Boe won an 18th world title on Sunday during the pursuit of the Biathlon World Championships in Nove Mesto, marked by an unprecedented Norwegian quintuple.

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Biathlon Worlds: Norwegian Johannes Boe wins his 18th world title

The Norwegian Johannes Boe won an 18th world title on Sunday during the pursuit of the Biathlon World Championships in Nove Mesto, marked by an unprecedented Norwegian quintuple. After a hat-trick in the sprint on Saturday, the “Norge” once again crushed the competition to take the first five places, a performance never before achieved at the World Championships. The French did not exist in a race marked by strong gusts of wind: the first of them, Fabien Claude, took 10th place thanks to a 20/20 shooting.

Another mark left in history by Norway: for the first time, a nation monopolizes the first three places in the sprint and the pursuit. The big favorite Johannes Boe, 30, showed himself the strongest to seek a first title in the Czech Republic, after two silver medals. With an 18th world title, he is two lengths behind his compatriot Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, holder of the record for world gold medals. Johannes Boe is ahead of Saturday's sprint winner Sturla Holm Laegreid, who arrived 28 seconds after him, and Vetle Sjastad Christiansen, 38 seconds behind. His older brother, Tarjei Boe, took fifth place, ahead of the first “non-Norwegian” of the day, the Swede Sebastian Samuelsson.

However, the race started in a mixed way for Johannes Boe, with three errors during his first ten balls. But the five-time Olympic champion was the most skillful during the standing shots, as the wind intensified. Eric Perrot, who had hopes of a podium after his fourth place in the sprint, collapsed and only took 14th place, behind Quentin Fillon Maillet (11th) and Emilien Jacquelin (13th).

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