Six times in the top 6 at the Biathlon Worlds, but only once a medalist, Quentin Fillon Maillet won with authority the first sprint of his career this Thursday in Nove Mesto (Czech Republic).
In the Czech night this Thursday, Quentin Fillon Maillet did not need his long-range headlights. The Jurassian saw faster and better than the competition in the light fog that started the Czech night event. Two weeks ago in Slovenia, during the world championships, several times, Fillon Maillet erased his dreams of the podium because of the shooting.
In Pokljuka, he collected the bronze of the mass-start, a meager harvest of an exemplary world with six races in the top 6: “This victory at Nove Mesto rewards the journey I went through during the Worlds. A success like I have been waiting for this one since the start of the season. I could have hoped for a gold medal by putting one more ball. We miss a target at 50m for two millimeters. It is in these details that we go for the victories. This one is all the more beautiful when you come out of difficult times. “
Put to the juice by the perfect turn of Tarjei Boe, Fillon Maillet confirmed that, on skis, he was sure of his striking force. He sticks 10 seconds to the Norwegian, 15 to the Italian Lukas Hofer and 22 to Emilien Jacquelin, to sign the first success of his career in a sprint, his second of the season after the pursuit of Hochfilzen. “It was a great fight, he reacted. Boe put me 10 seconds on the first loop. I had no choice but to do 10/10. It was a big satisfaction, because there has been a lot of disappointment since the start of the season. “
“It’s a motivation to go get a globe”
More at ease in the mano to mano, the Habs have finally untied the last knots of an individual event. After two pursuits and two World Cup mass-starts, Quentin Fillon Maillet succeeded at another distance. All he needs now is to bring down the individual, the queen of trials.
Claiming the big crystal globe at the start of the 2020-2021 fiscal year, Fillon Maillet quickly swallowed up his ambitions after a failed start. With four races to go, he is only five points behind Tarjei Boe for third place overall. And that motivates him: “I think about it. During the race, I tell myself that we have to go to the end, for the pursuit of Saturday, but also the places in the general. It is a motivation to seek a globe, but even a general’s podium or a small globe. For now, I’m going to avoid going to look at the general classification. I’m going to keep that far in my head. I hope to win something crystal, but I do not want to miss my goal in high season. “
A reconstruction validated using shooting sessions on simulators during long days at the hotel. With Fillon Maillet, the late harvest is perhaps the best.