Norway’s Johannes Thingnes Boe won the Gold medal for the second year in a row at the IBU World Championships Men’s 12.5 km Pursuit. After three early penalties, Boe cleaned the final standing stage to secure the victory, with a time of 32:36.9. His teammate Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen controlled the first three stages but missed twice in the last standing, falling from the Gold medal position.
Boe admitted that the win was hard-fought and meant a lot to him. He mentioned that the final two shootings were not easy at all, with the presence of wind and nerves making it challenging. Despite some close shots, Boe was able to focus and aim towards the center, ultimately securing the Gold medal.
The Gold medalist expressed that he did not think a Gold medal was within reach, but winning it was a dream come true. He had not felt like a favorite before the World Championships but mentioned that his shape is getting better and better, and attributed the win to having great skis again that day.
Norway swept the podium once again, just like in yesterday’s sprint, with Boe and teammate Sturla Holm Laegreid switching places. Laegreid recovered from seventh place after the first prone to clean the standing stages and win the Silver medal, 28.7 seconds back. Christiansen, with three penalties like Laegreid, won his second Bronze medal, 38.5 seconds back. This was Christiansen’s first individual IBU WCH medal prior to this weekend.
Boe spoke about how much it means to him to be able to defend his title from last year’s race and thanked his coaches for their support throughout his training journey.
Laegreid shared how he struggled early on but managed to regain composure and find his rhythm as he made his way through each stage.
Christiansen reflected on how he learned valuable lessons from past races and applied them during this one.
Overall, it was an incredible performance by all three Norwegian athletes who were able to overcome challenges and come out on top in their respective categories at this year’s IBU World Championships Men’s 12.5 km Pursuit competition in Norway.