OESTERSUND. More than seven years after the first individual success of his career, obtained in the sprint of Anterselva in cohabitation with Simon Schempp, the blue of biathlon Lukas Hofer takes another extraordinary victory in the Oestersund men’s sprint that opened the final stage of the World Cup.
And he does it on a day of extraordinary vein both at the shooting range where he was flawless, and on the tight skis, with an excellent pace thanks to which he kept an equally positive at bay. Sebastian Samuelsson, Swede who in the end remained 4 ″ behind, while the Norwegian was in third place Tarjei Boe a 14″4.
To understand the extent of Hofer’s feat, it should be borne in mind that the two contenders for the general classification Johannes Boe and Stura Laegreid were relegated respectively to seventh and sixth place, over 30 ″ from the winner, while the French Sebastien Desthieux and Quentin Fillon Maillet finished fourth and fifth.
The performance of the other blue Dominik Windisch was also discreet, 27 / o with an error committed on the first shot on the ground, while Thomas Bormolini was placed 46 / o with two errors. The overall classification of the Cup sees Johannes Boe (also king of the specialty sprint classification) climb to 1016 points against Laegreid’s 1001. Hofer consolidates the eighth position with 723 points.
The opening sprint of the last weekend of the Biathlon World Cup, in Oestersund, gives the podium to Dorothea Wierer, very good at always staying at the top of the rankings thanks to infallibility in shooting and excellent speed on skis. For the financier of Anterselva the second place today, behind the inevitable Tiril Eckhoff, represents the fifth individual podium of the season, and allows the blue to increase her personal tally, making her move up to fourth place in the Sprint World Cup with 282 points.
It also allows her to move up to fourth place even in the overall ranking with 811 points, having the Swedish Oeberg, third at 824, in the shot, when there are two races left at the end of the season. Today there are only 2 ″ 5 that divide the blue from the Norwegian winner, while, in third place, there is the other Norwegian Tandrevold, 6 ″ 7 behind her teammate. Good performance by Lisa Vittozzi, who makes only one mistake, and closes in 20 / o place with a 45 ″ 5 behind. 91 / a instead Michela Carrara, with 4 shooting errors and 2’58 ″ 0 behind the best.