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Kontiolahti 2022: The Sprints! | biathlon23

The first sprints of the season took place in Kontiolahti today with the men racing in the morning and the women in the afternoon.

We went back in time a few years in the men’s race with the Johannes Thingnes Boe of old making a comeback! He was so fast was today he won the sprint by 10.5 seconds even though he missed a target. I don’t think his shooting is quite back to his best yet but his skiing certainly is which is not good news for the other biathletes if he maintains it throughout the season.

Second place went to his teammate Sturla Laegreid who shot 10/10 and looked good for the win until Johannes started the race. His shooting was great but he didn’t look quite as good on his skis especially towards the end of the race.

Roman Rees also shot 10/10 to take third place and his second World Cup podium. Germany have started so strongly that anyone would think they are hosting the World Championships this season! 😉

Sebastian Samuelsson was 4th, Emilien Jacquelin was 5th and Filip Andersen 6th all shooting 9/10.

There were some personal bests today too with Adam Runnalls in 19th , Dmitrii Shamaev in 25th, Vaclav Cervenka in 37th, Tomas Mikyska in 42nd, Anton Vidmar in 48th and George Coltea in 50th.

In the women’s race it was a good day for your name to begin with L! Lisa Teresa Hauser was the winner today shooting 10/10 and takes a 17 second lead into tomorrow’s pursuit. She started the season pretty quietly but was on top form today.

Second place went to the resurgent Lisa Vittozzi. She hit 9/10 and was strong on the skis. Last season if she had missed one on the prone she would have missed more but not now. She has two podiums from two races and that puts her in the yellow bib. She will be a big danger in the pursuit.

Linn Persson was third with a perfect shoot taking her second World Cup podium. We know she shoots well but it was a good ski today too.

She just pipped Emma Lunder into 4th. She shot clean and was just an agonising 1.2 seconds away from her first podium. However 4th is still a personal best for her. There was another PB in 5th with Anna Weidel really impressive with a clean shoot. Her teammate Denise Hermman-Wick completed the top 6 with 9/10.

There were more personal bests further down the field with Sophia Schneider in 8th, Rebecca Passler in 17th, Sophie Chauveau in 34th, Susan Kuelm in 39th, Chloe Levins in 46th and Lea Meier in 49th.

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