From 2:45 pm spectators will be treated to yet another duel between the two kings of biathlon that has captivated the biathlon world for years: Martin Fourcade (France) versus Johannes Thingnes Bø (Norway).
This is also a duel between the leader in the individual rankings (Fourcade) and the second (Bø). In the beginning of the season Martin Fourcade won in Östersund on the 20 kilometres long track with four shooting sessions (prone, standing, prone, standing) and took second place at the World Championship “dress rehearsal” in Pokljuka. The stage victory in Slovenia went to Johannes Thingnes Bø, who had only come 10th in Östersund.
Basing a forecast on the results of this winter, today’s battle for stage victory will be dominated by the biathletes from Norway and France. In the first six positions of the Individual World Cup - behind Fourcade and Bø - are Quentin Fillon Maillet, Fabien Claude (both France), Tarjei Bø (Norway) and Simon Desthieux (France) - all athletes from these two countries. In the 2019/20 season, the podium placings in the individual events also went exclusively to Norwegian or French athletes.
Will there be a first German medal for the men?
Germany’s medal hopes for the individual competition rest on Benedikt Doll, who is currently placed ninth. The best German result this winter came from Philipp Nawrath, who just missed a podium place in Pokljuka and came in fourth. Italy also hopes for its local athletes Lukas Hofer (Montal) and Dominik Windisch (Rasun). The fans in the Südtirol Arena are also looking forward to Alexander Loginov’s performance (Russia). The so far most successful biathlete of this World Championship in Anterselva won the sprint and came third in the pursuit. He is a contender for the third medal in this individual event.
On Thursday the die will be cast in the single mixed Relay. At the weekend, the two relays (Saturday) and on Sunday the mass starts will provide plenty of excitement in the South Tyrolean Biathlon Mecca.