Nordic

Johannes Thingnes Bø returns to World Cup with a victory

After his paternity break, Johannes Thingnes Bø (NOR, Fischer ***) came back with a win despite a four-week competition break. He won the individual competition on Pokljuka (SLO), Fabien Claude (FRA, Fischer ***) finished third.

The long break didn't hurt Johannes Thingnes Bø. In the second individual competition of the season, the newly father took his sixth win of the season. His perfect shooting performance was also necessary to keep Martin Fourcade (FRA) behind him, who also hit all 20 targets. "You just have to do your race, regardless of how it was prepared. I took my time on the first lap and the first shooting, but I knew I was training well. Martin Fourcade's winning streak in the last races is the best way to get motivated. You never get tired, you want to come back stronger and you don’t want to watch the others any longer. You want to fight for victory again", said the Norwegian, who arrived yesterday and thus spent the first night without a crying baby. "I woke up a few times tonight looking for the baby, but it wasn't there. Of course, that has been stressing me out lately." Fabien Claude secured his best World Cup result with also an impeccable shooting performance. Second-placed Martin Fourcade paid his team colleague the highest respect for having achieved his first podium in his situation. During the night Fabien and his brother Florent (BEL, Fischer ***) received the sad news that their father was probably fatally injured in Canada when he broke into a lake with his snowmobile and is still missing like four other persons of his group of eight. Philipp Nawrath (GER, Fischer ***) was happy after 20 hit targets with fourth place ahead of Johannes Dale (NOR, Fischer ***), who received a penalty minute as well as sixth-placed Tarjei Bø (NOR, Fischer ***). Quentin Fillon Maillet (FRA, Fischer ***) finished seventh after two missesand a strong skiing performance. Eighth place went to Johannes Kühn (GER, Fischer ***).

=> Individual Pokljuka (SLO)

* = Fischer skis

** = Fischer skis and bindings

*** = Fischer skis, bindings and boots