Laegreid celebrates surprise victory – Hofer in 20th place – biathlon

Laegreid stormed to victory. © APA / afp / MARKKU ULANDER

There was a surprise victory at the start of the men’s biathlon World Cup on Saturday in Kontiolahti, Finland. The Norwegian Sturla Holm Laegreid relegated his compatriot Johannes Thingnes Bø to 2. The South Tyrolean Lukas Hofer took 20th place.

The 23-year-old Laegreid won the individual over 20 km ahead of the Norwegian overall World Cup winner Johannes Thingnes Bø (one shooting error / 19.6 seconds back). For Laegreid it was the first World Cup success in only 5 World Cup races. Third place went to the German Eric Lesser with a shooting error.

The 31-year-old Lukas Hofer from Montal made no mistakes in the first prone shooting, but made a mistake in each of the following 3 shooting units. With a total of 3 penalty minutes, he finished the race as the best Azzurro in 20th place, 3.11 minutes behind the victorious Laegreid.

Patrick Braunhofer also made three mistakes at the shooting range. The 22-year-old from Ridnaun landed in 71st place.

Even before the first race, there were corona cases among the biathletes, despite the extensive hygiene concepts.

The results

Pos. Name Land Shooting error time
1. Sturla Holm Laegreid NOR 0 48.57.0 minutes
2. Johannes Thingnes Boe NOR 1 +19.6 Sec.
3. Erik Lesser GER 1 +1.03,6 Min.
4. Quentin Fillon Maillet FROM 1 +1.05,9
5. Ondrej Moravec JUN 0 +1.06,9
6. Sebastian Samuelsson SWE 2 +1.31,8
20. Lukas Hofer ITA/Montal 3 +3.11,1
71. Patrick Braunhofer ITA/ Ridnaun 3 +7.29,5

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