The favourite leads the way
Johannes Thingnes Bø (NOR)* clearly lived up to his role as favourite in the men's events. The exceptional Norwegian athlete, who is already the overall winner in the World Cup, crowned his successful season with four Gold medals in the Sprint, Single Mixed, Mixed Relay and Relay events, as well as Silver in Pursuit, making him the most successful athlete of the World Championships. "At first I was disappointed following my Silver in Pursuit because it was so close. But in the end, I knew before the last competition that I can be more than satisfied with my success here in Östersund. I am proud of the whole team and the results we achieved here together," said this season's high-flyer. His brother, Tarjei Bø (NOR)*, upped the Bø family's medal score after a thankless fourth place in Pursuit with Gold in the Relay and Bronze in the Individual race. Alexander Loginov (RUS)* with Silver in the Sprint and Bronze in the Relay, as well as Quentin Fillon Maillet (FRA)* with two Bronzes, one in the Sprint and one in the Pursuit, put even more shine into the Fischer medals table. Julian Eberhard (AUT)* finished the successful World Championships for Fischer with Bronze in the Mass Start: "It took a while, but in the end I made it to the podium. My first medal in an individual event - I couldn't be happier."