Italian biathlete Tommaso Giacomel also turned in a convincing performance.
Who can stop Johannes Thingnes Bø? The 29-year-old Norwegian won his fifth sprint of the season in Antholz and claimed his tenth victory this winter. He thus replicated his successes from the last two seasons in the Pustertal valley.
Twelve months ago, Bø missed once at the shooting range, but excelled in the cross-country skiing. This was also the case on Friday, when the Scandinavian missed once in the prone position, but managed to clearly outpace the competition on his skis. In the end he was 31.4 seconds faster than Martin Ponsiluoma from Sweden, who also missed one target.
Bø's teammate Sturla Holm Laegreid also made it to the podium. He rounded off another strong team result for the Norwegians, whilst Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen (5th) added another top ten result. Fourth place surprisingly went to the German Roman Rees, while Emilien Jacquelin from France came in 6th.
Giacomel impresses in front of home crowd
Tommaso Giacomel was once again the best competitor for the Italian team. The 22-year-old from Trentino crossed the finish line with the seventh best time, even though he had to ski one penalty loop. Giacomel is having a great season and finished in the top ten for the ninth time this winter (including relays).
Amongst the other Italians, Didier Bionaz (48th) and Elia Zeni (52nd) also qualified for the pursuit competition on Saturday. Local hero Patrick Braunhofer (68th) from Ridnaun and Daniele Fauner (81st), however, were unable to qualify. Tomorrow's men's pursuit event is scheduled for 3 pm. Meanwhile, the women's pursuit is scheduled for 1 pm.
Biathlon World Cup in Antholz (ITA):
Men, Sprint 10 km
1. Johannes Thingnes Bø (NOR) 22:44.1 minutes (1 miss)
2. Martin Ponsiluoma (SWE) +31.4 (1)
3. Sturla Holm Laegreid (NOR) +37.3 (0)
4. Roman Rees (GER) +56.7 (1)
5. Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen (NOR) +57.0 (1)
6. Emilien Jacquelin (FRA) +1:07.5 (1)
7. Tommaso Giacomel (ITA) +1:10.2 (1)
8. Simon Eder (AUT) +1:11.1 (0)
9. Justus Strelow (GER) +1:23.6 (0)
10. Fabien Claude (FRA) +1:26.0 (2)
48. Didier Bionaz (ITA) + 2:35.6 (3)
52. Elia Zeni (ITA) + 2:41.9 (2)
68. Patrick Braunhofer (ITA/Ridnaun) + 3:08.0 (2)
81. Daniele Fauner (ITA) +3:47.2 (2)