On his land, Johannes Boe, back after being affected by Covid-19 the previous week, signed his eighth victory of the season, this Thursday in the Oslo sprint, in as many sprints this season. The Norwegian offers his 17th success of the winter and equals the 36 career victories of the legendary Ole Einar Björndalen.
The Covid-19 may have weakened Johannes Boe for a time. He didn’t shoot him down, or even slow him down. Thus, on Thursday, for his return to the snow after having missed the last stage of the World Cup, the Norwegian extra-terrestrial guaranteed to lift his fourth large crystal globe during this same weekend which he had missed after having tested positive took over his demolition business. At home in Oslo, the best biathlete on the planet continued the momentum of the previous stages with a new success at the finish that almost borders on indecency.
By winning this Thursday on home soil, during the last meeting of the specialty, the youngest of the Boe brothers added an eighth sprint to his collection in… eight sprints contested this season. A fairly unimaginable full box for the native of Stryn, who has not only offered himself an extraordinary roller coaster. The five-time Olympic champion, officially winner of the sprint globe (his eighth on a specialty while waiting for his ninth, Saturday on the pursuit and possibly a tenth, the next day on the occasion of the mass start) since Thursday, has also won his 17th victory of the season. What he had never managed to do since his debut.
Boe equals legend Björndalen’s record
And to top it off: this new demonstration by the Norwegian, imperial on skis and almost perfect on the shooting range (9 out of 10), now boasts 36 career successes. A total that allows him to equal the record of his legendary compatriot Ole Einar Björndalen, who had bowed out with 36 World Cup victories. Unlike his illustrious predecessor, Boe, who overtook the Swede Martin Ponsiluoma and the German Benedikt Doll in this last sprint of the season while the two men managed a clear shot, has not yet hung up. Just as he has no plans to do so anytime soon. His festival should therefore continue, and Björndalen quickly disappear from the shelves.