Fischer tops biathlon World Championships again


Fischer tops biathlon World Championships again

Pure yellow shined brightly on the podium framed by the night sky of Nove Mesto. With his victory in the final Mass Start, Johannes Thingnes Bø from Norway crowned himself the most successful World Championship athlete and, at the same time, his supplier Fischer once again was the most successful ski, boot and binding brand at the Biathlon World Championships in Nove Mesto.

The thrilling competitions in front of an incredibly enthusiastic crowd were a perfect celebration for the sport of biathlon. Even though the warm conditions were anything but easy, the organizers managed to create fair-yet-challenging conditions with the energetic efforts of many volunteers. The Fischer Race Family, with their Speedmax skis and boots, mastered these conditions best. By the end of the event, Fischer athletes won an impressive 11 gold, 13 silver and 11 bronze medals. By winning 53% of the total medals awarded, Fischer once again confirmed its position as the number one Nordic brand and once again ended the World Championships as the most successful ski, boot and binding brand.

Johannes Thingnes Bø was the main contributor to the medal tally. The Norwegian achieved a hat-trick with his victories in the Pursuit, Individual and Mass Start. The three-time world champion won a medal in each of the seven races with his outstanding skiing performance and equaled Ole Einar Björndalen's previous record by winning his 20th world championship gold medal. The exceptional athlete was nearly speechless afterwards: "Shooting on lane one in this stadium was one of the highlights of my career. I can hardly put into words the feeling of ending this amazing World Championships in such a beautiful way." Johannes’ brother Tarjei Bø contributed three silver medals in the Relay and Individual races, and, together with his brother and Karoline Offigstad Knotten in the Mixed Relay, successfully added to the Fischer medal tally with an outstanding skiing performance.

On the women's side, France's Justine Braisaz-Bouchet stormed to her first individual gold at the World Championships. She was uncatchable on the course and flawless at the shooting range. Having already won gold twice in the Mixed Relay and Relay as well as silver in the Sprint and bronze in the Pursuit, the three-time World Champion was overwhelmed: “After I cleared the last target, my head was empty. I just felt pure joy, for me and the entire team. It was perhaps my best race ever.”

To her delight, her French team colleague Lou Jeanmonnot joined her on the podium in the final Mass Start as bronze medal winner. The cheery Frenchwoman had previously won gold in the Relay and bronze in the Sprint, as well as the world title in the Single Mixed Relay together with Quentin Fillon Maillet. Quentin Fillon Maillet also played a significant part in the successful performance of the strong French team and the Fischer Race Family with gold in the Mixed Relay and bronze in the Relay and Mass Start. "I'm only now realizing how much energy it took to compete in all the races here. Now I'm very exhausted, but extremely happy and grateful," said Quentin Fillon Maillet.

Even though many individual medals in the Swedish team disappeared into thin air at the shooting range, Martin Ponsiluoma helped the Swedish men's relay team to the world championship title with his strong skiing performance and winning the bronze medal in the Mixed Relay together with Hanna Öberg. Together with Anna Magnusson and Linn Persson, Hanna Öberg was delighted to win silver in the women's Relay and took away some very special impressions from Nove Mesto: "The men's Relay gold in particular and our women's Relay silver on the same day mean an awful lot to us. It's such an overwhelming feeling to have won these medals for Sweden and to be part of this team."

Andrejs Rastorgujevs from Latvia celebrated a sensational debut on the World Championship podium in an individual race with silver in the Mass Start as well as Janina Hettich-Walz with silver in the Individual, who, together with Selina Grotian and Sophia Schneider, was also able to celebrate Relay bronze for Germany.