Norway Secures Gold in Men’s 12.5 km Pursuit for the Second Year in a Row despite Early Penalties

JT Boe successfully defends his World Championship pursuit title

In the IBU World Championships Men’s 12.5 km Pursuit, Norway’s Johannes Thingnes Boe won the Gold medal for the second year in a row, despite facing three penalties early on. His teammate Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen initially led the race but missed twice in the final standing stage and fell from first place. Boe’s time was 32:36.9.

Boe praised his teammate for his impressive performance and said he was proud of their success as a team. He also acknowledged that the wind and nerves made the final two shootings challenging, but he remained focused and aimed for the center. Boe admitted that he had not thought a Gold medal was within reach before the competition, but with a good day, anything was possible.

Norway once again swept the podium, with Sturla Holm Laegreid winning Silver and Christiansen taking Bronze. This was Christiansen’s second individual IBU WCH medal after never winning one before this weekend.

Overall, Norway had a strong showing in the Men’s 12.5 km Pursuit, securing the top three positions on the podium once again.

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