Boe before Boe and Doll

Johannes Thingnes Boe is simply unstoppable. He left the entire competition behind in the sprint race in Ruhpolding.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

His brother Tarjei came closest eight seconds behind him.  Benedikt Doll crossed the finish line two seconds after that to come in third.

With his eighth win in eleventh races, Johannes Thingnes Boe solidified his leading role this winter. In spite of a missed target, he left the competition behind in nearly ideal racing conditions. This time, however, it was not quite such a cut and dry situation. After the second shooting round, he was still a good four seconds behind his brother Tarjei, who entered the race in fourth place, and who held the lead for a long time by not missing twice. “Of course I knew,” said Johannes Thingnes Boe, “and thought to myself that Tarjei would be very hard to beat today.” But the fastest man of the season gave it his best and landed where he has so often this season - in first place. “A victory is always something special, and the resulting joy, always huge.” He would have been pleased for his brother if he had won as well. “We do a lot together and are not just together during the winters. Of course we are happy for each other’s successes.”

Ten targets were not enough for a victory for Tarjei

It is easy for Johannes as the victor to talk. But when Tarjei won the overall World-Cup eight years ago he already knew that he had a younger brother who was “even better than I am.” In the meantime, the standard has definitely risen. “I know I have to hit the mark at least ten times to have a chance for a victory. Today things went really well. But, I knew that Johannes would still be coming. Of course I would have preferred to win and have Johannes get second place.” 

Doll was second fastest

Benedikt Doll was quite satisfied to rank third after placing third in Hochfilzen, which was his second time on the podium this season. “Great group of fans, great skiing.” There was just one problem, one shot missed the target yet again. “I can’t wait too long when shooting or I start to think too much. That it was the last shot again was quite frustrating,” said Doll. That he was the second fastest only 15 seconds behind Johannes Thingnes Boe left him optimistic: “At the beginning of the season we were 50 seconds slower. We are closing the gap.”

Fourcade ahead of Loginov

Once again Martin Fourcade was not in the top three even though he did not miss a shot, leaving him in fourth place. As a spectator, one still has to get used to the fact that the seven time World Cup winner is no longer dominating the scene. It is probably taking some getting used to for him as well. Alexander Loginov came in fifth with one miss. Thereby the Russian retains his overall second place in the overall World Cup and sprint rankings.

Kühn is a strong Seventh Place

Johannes Kühn also missed one shot, but was able to achieve a solid seventh place. “Too bad for that shot,” he said after the race. “I heard the spectators shouting “faster” and I let myself be led astray by that. I really pulled myself together for the last shot and thankfully hit the target. With two misses, one is automatically 25th.“ And so it was that after his second place in the individual race in Pokljuka he managed his second best seasons result and was therefore quite satisfied.

The other Germans were also satisfied with their results. Philipp Horn (43th/1 miss), who entered the race as number one, would have liked to ski a bit faster, and Roman Rees was without error and remained 32nd and could collect World Cup points as did Philipp Nawrath, who came in 30th with one miss.

Final solo run for Michael Rösch

The seventh German was Michael Rösch, who celebrated his first of two World Cup victories in the pursuit here in Ruhpolding almost exactly 13 years ago (January 15, 2006). He completed his last individual race yesterday and came in 84th place. “It is called a high-performance sport, but one can only speak of high performance in a limited way in my case at this point. While I am looking forward to the relay race tomorrow, I am generally glad that I decided to retire,” said the 35 year old who has been competing for Belgium since 2014. “I could barely sleep last night. My entire family is here and I was so excited. Maybe I will drink three beers today, allegedly that is supposed to help.” Because, the relay race today will be the end of the World Cup athlete Michael Rösch’s biathlon career.