The French Simon Desthieux and Emilien Jacquelin respectively won silver and bronze this Friday, during the men’s 10km sprint of the Biathlon Worlds in Pokljuka (Slovenia). Surprisingly, the gold did not go to a Norwegian, but to the Swede Ponsiluoma.
The first individual race of the 2021 Biathlon Worlds offered some great surprises this Friday. Surprises, and smiles for the French clan, as Simon Desthieux and Emilien Jacquelin won silver and bronze in the men’s 10km sprint in Pokljuka (Slovenia). A race won not by the Norwegian ogre Johannes Boe (5th), nor his compatriot Johannes Dale (4th), but by the Swede Martin Ponsiluoma.
Emilien Jacquelin, author of a fault on his first shot, thought for a long time to finish on the second step of the podium. Until the Simon Desthieux festival. Quite far from the leading roles this season in the World Cup (19th overall), and never a medalist at the Worlds in an individual event so far, “Carlito” was able to bring out a flawless shooting and a very correct skiing time. (12th) to sign at 29 years one of his best performances.
“I’ve been running after this for so long”
“I’m moved, he told The Team at the finish line. It’s a lot of joy to get this to work today. I’ve been running after that for so long. that makes me weird. It’s just magnificent. (…) We invest so much in this sport that often there is frustration. But when it succeeds, it’s great. woke up and I said to myself ‘it’s a wonderful day’. I felt zen, calm, and everything went smoothly, skiing and shooting. “
Second in the sprint in 2020, Quentin Fillon Maillet took an honorable 6th place. Antonin Guigonnat finished 14th, and Fabien Claude 41st. Bodes well for the continuation.
The men’s sprint ranking:
1. Ponsiluoma (SUE)
2. Destieux (FRA) +11.2
3. Jacquelin (FRA) +12.9
4. Dale (NOR) +22.4
5. J.Boe (NOR) +22.5
6. Fillon Maillet (FRA) +23.9
7. Laegreid (NOR) +25.7
8. Samuelsson (SUE) +26.7
9. T.Boe (NOR) +28.2
10. Latypov (RUS) +33.3