Eight seconds off the podium: Doll just missed out on the perfect start to the year

The biathlon year got off to a good start for Benedikt Doll.

Eight seconds off the podium: Doll just missed out on the perfect start to the year

The biathlon year got off to a good start for Benedikt Doll. He just barely missed the podium in the first World Cup race in 2023. He couldn't stop Norway's triple victory again. A second German can also convince.

Former world champion Benedikt Doll narrowly missed the podium in the first biathlon world cup race of the year. The 32-year-old finished fourth in Friday's 10km sprint race at Pokljuka in Slovenia. With one penalty, he was 1:03.3 behind Johannes Thingnes Bö (1 miss), who led another Norwegian treble. Doll was eight seconds short of the podium.

For Dominator Bö it was already the sixth World Cup victory this season and the 58th of his career. Second was his brother Tarjei Bö (0/48.1 seconds) ahead of Sturla Holm Laegreid (1/55.6). "To finish in the top six is ​​a good performance. I'm very satisfied," said Doll, who has to wait for his second podium finish of the season about a month before the start of the home World Championships in Oberhof.

Roman Rees (1/ 1:17.9) convinced in eighth place, the other Germans followed: Philipp Horn (1/ 2:17.5) finished ahead of Justus Strelow (3/ 2:41.2). Johannes Kühn (4/ 2:43.8) is still waiting for the second half of his norm for the home World Championships in Oberhof (February 8 to 19), David Zobel (3/ 3:54.4) even missed the pursuit .

The biathletes continue on Saturday (2.45 p.m.) with the pursuer. Finally, on Sunday, for the first time this season, the single mixed (11.45 a.m.) and the mixed relay (2.25 p.m./all ZDF and Eurosport) will take place.

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