At the IBU World Championships Men’s 12.5 km Pursuit, Norway’s Johannes Thingnes Boe won his second consecutive Gold medal. After an early penalty-ridden start, Boe managed to clean the final standing stage and secure victory with a time of 32:36.9. His teammate Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen led the race for much of it, but ultimately fell from first place due to two penalties in the last standing stage.
Boe shared that the win was a result of hard work and dedication, with difficult conditions such as wind and nerves making it challenging on the final two shots. Despite not initially believing he had a chance at winning, Boe acknowledged that his great skis and improving shape helped him secure his second straight Gold medal.
Norway once again swept the podium in this event, just as they did in yesterday’s sprint race. Sturla Holm Laegreid moved up from seventh place after the first prone to clean the standing stages and win Silver by just over 28 seconds behind Boe. Christiansen finished third with three penalties, earning his second Bronze medal at this competition – his first individual IBU WCH medal ever prior to this weekend.