ZHANGJIAKOU, China (AP) — Johannes Thingnes Boe of Norway skied fast enough to overcome a missed target and win Olympic gold in Saturday’s biathlon sprint race.
Boe covered the 10 kilometer course in 24 minutes and 0.4 seconds to win his third medal of the Beijing Games. He also won gold in the mixed relay and bronze in the individual event.
Quentin Fillon Maillet of France also missed a target but couldn’t match Boe’s speed, finishing 25.5 seconds behind for silver. Fillon Maillet won gold in the individual and silver in the mixed relay – beaten by Boe. He is also the overall leader of the World Cup.
Tarjei Boe, also with just one miss on the day, clinched bronze, 38.9 seconds behind his younger brother. Team Russia’s Maxim Tsvetkov shot clean but finished fourth at 40.6 seconds.
World Cup sprint leader Sebastian Samuelsson of Sweden missed a target and finished fifth.
Boe dominated sprint racing for three seasons but struggled this year. He won a sprint race in France and finished third in another. His success at this year’s Olympics makes him a favorite for the upcoming pursuit and mass start races.
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