Johannes Boe and Kaisa Makarainen were perfect in Kontiolahti, winning yesterday’s Pursuit competitions to make it three wins in a row at IBU World Cup 8.
Boe had built himself an enormous lead through the first three shooting bouts as he handled the windy conditions on the shooting range much better than his competitors, with only one penalty in the first standing shooting. That turned out to be a good thing as he nearly gave it away with four penalties in the final shooting. Despite losing most of his lead in the penalty loop he managed to stay ahead of Martin Fourcade (three penalties) and Bjoern Ferry (three penalties) to hang on for the victory.
Canada’s Nathan Smith was in the top ten again, finishing 10th with five penalties. Lowell Bailey slipped back from 3rd to 14th, also with five penalties. Tim Burke was 17th, Brendan Green 20th, Leif Nordgren 34th, and Scott Gow 43rd.
Like Boe, Makarainen led the Pursuit wire-to-wire, with only two penalties. Darya Domracheva came within 30 seconds of Makarainen but ended up a minute back after one penalty in the final shooting. Olga Zaitseva was third with five penalties.
Susan Dunklee moved up one place into 7th, with seven penalties. Rosanna Crawford was 27th, Hannah Dreissigacker was 49th and Sara Studebaker was 54th.
The IBU World Cup circuit now moves to Holmenkollen for the final event of the season, starting on Thursday March 20th with a Sprint competition.