Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR)
Martin Fourcade (FRA), Johannes Boe (NOR), Arnd Peiffer (GER) (l-r)
Arnd Peiffer (GER)
Dmitry Malyshko (RUS)
Kaisa Mäkäräinen (FIN)
Olga Zaitseva (RUS), Kaisa Mäkäräinen (FIN), Mari Laukkanen (FIN) (l-r)
Mari Laukkanen (FIN)
Kaisa Mäkäräinen (FIN), Mari Laukkanen (FIN)


Johannes Thingnes Bø (NOR, Fischer) celebrated his third ever World Cup success in biathlon World Cup in Kontiolahti (FIN). Arnd Peiffer (GER, Fischer) came in third. Women's sprint ended with a home success of Kaisa Mäkäräinen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots), her brand and team mate Mari Laukkanen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots) made her first ever World Cup podium.
Third success after double win in Le Grand Bornand
After his double success in sprint and pursuit shortly before christmas Johannes Thingnes Bø jubilated about his third season's win. Already last week the Norwegian showed rising form, now his clean shooting brought him sprint victory in Kontiolahti. Fastest man on track was another one: Arnd Peiffer, who was 16 seconds faster than Bø and despite one miss he stormed onto the podium. "I don't really know why my skiing performance is mostly better after season's main event. Maybe because the pressure of expectations is gone then. But today my skis were also great", the German stated. Dmitry Malyshko (RUS, Fischer) confirmed his good form from Pokljuka with fourth spot, Ondrej Moravec (CZE, Fischer) came in sixth. Fredrik Lindström (SWE, Fischer skis and boots) finished seventh.

Mäkäräinen dominated in front of her home crowd
"It's just fun to race here. I know these tracks very well", winning Kaisa Mäkäräinen stated after a very dominant performance on skis. "I had a really good feeling and I stepped on it. The audience was shouting on me and it's great to ski in front of family and friends." The Finn extended her lead in overall World Cup ranking but herself she is not thinking about that: "The journalists always ask about the overall ranking but I just think from race to race. I just go out and ski and shoot", the Finn smiled and could also celebrate with her compatriot. Mari Laukkanen made her first carreer's podium and in opposite to her compatriot Laukkanen stayed without a miss and was just 22 seconds behind finishing third. Tora Berger (NOR, Fischer skis, boots and poles) wasn't that good in skiing like Mäkäräinen and came in fourth with an equal shooting performance. Olga Vilukhina (RUS, Fischer) and Veronika Vitkova (CZE, Fischer skis and boots) shot clean and finished sixth and seventh followed by Gabriela Soukalova (CZE, Fischer skis and boots) who missed one target. Magdalena Gwizdon (POL, Fischer) was ranked ninth ahead of Paulina Fialkova (SVK, Fischer skis and boots).
Sprint Men, Kontiolahti (FIN):
1. Johannes Thingnes Bø
NOR 0 00.23.33,20
2. Martin Fourcade
FRA 0 00.23.40,30
3. Arnd Peiffer
GER 1 00.23.40,40
4. Dmitry Malyshko
RUS 0 00.23.43,80
5. Ole Einar Bjørndalen
NOR 0 00.23.49,00
6. Ondřej Moravec
CZE 0 00.23.52,20
7. Fredrik Lindström
SWE 0 00.23.56,70
8. Emil Hegle Svendsen
NOR 0 00.23.57,00
9. Benedikt Doll
GER 0 00.23.59,50
10. Simon Schempp
GER 0 00.24.05,10
11. Andrejs Rastorgujevs
LAT 0 00.24.07,70
12. Anton Shipulin
RUS 0 00.24.10,40
13. Erik Lesser
GER 1 00.24.14,00
14. Benjamin Weger
SUI 0 00.24.14,10
15. Jean Guillaume Beatrix
FRA 0 00.24.17,50
Sprint Women, Kontiolahti (FIN):
1. Kaisa Mäkäräinen
FIN 1 00.20.36,30
2. Olga Zaitseva
RUS 0 00.20.42,40
3. Mari Laukkanen
FIN 0 00.20.59,00
4. Tora Berger
NOR 1 00.21.05,80
5. Olga Vilukhina
RUS 0 00.21.07,00
6. Veronika Vítková
CZE 0 00.21.13,40
7. Gabriela Soukalová
CZE 1 00.21.16,00
8. Franziska Hildebrand
GER 1 00.21.25,30
9. Magdalena Gwizdoń
POL 1 00.21.37,30
10. Paulina Fialkova
SVK 0 00.21.38,80
11. Jana Gereková
SVK 2 00.21.41,40
12. Tiril Eckhoff
NOR 2 00.21.41,80
13. Rosanna Crawford
CAN 1 00.21.42,10
14. Katharina Innerhofer
AUT 1 00.21.42,60
15. Megan Heinicke
CAN 1 00.21.48,10