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Johannes Thingnes Boe won the speed race by 10 seconds ahead of his compatriot Sturla Holm Laegreid. Photo: Kalle Parkkinen


Norwegians to a double victory in the sprint race, a challenging day for the Finns

The men's speed race ended with a double victory for Norway, with Johannes Thingnes Bö taking the win and Sturla Holm Lägreid second. Bö was 10.5 seconds faster than Lägreid even with one passing shot. German Roman Rees was third.

Even though Bö was happy about yet another victory in Kontiolahti, he was not happy about his one missed shot.

"You can be satisfied, but it's always chasing zero shooting in a fast race, especially when the chase is the next day. It's a bit frustrating. However, the most important thing was to win", Bö said and praised the competition as very tight.

Hiidensalo satisfied with his shooting, Seppälä's feeling did not quite match the result

The Finns had a more challenging day than in previous races, but Tero Seppälä and Olli Hiidensalo were still strong in the points. Seppälä shot two missed shots from the upright position and finished 31st, Hiidensalo shot one penalty from the prone position and was 33rd.

"Both shootings felt good. The taste wasn't terribly fast, they almost certainly fell from there. Standing, I tried to do what I can and I have done in training. I kind of did, but they didn't (all) turn white. You have to discuss with the coaching what is still wrong with it. In skiing, I felt that I at least got a lot out of it, but I didn't like the watch. I don't know why the breakup happened. We also need to analyze that more closely," said Seppälä and already turned his gaze to the chase.

Hiidensalo also had a positive opinion about the competition, especially his shooting:

"Especially on that side when there is a fine under you and then you get pushed to zero, you feel even better than the other way around. The skiing wasn't the best today, maybe it wasn't as good as it has been in previous days. It didn't come to the end as quickly as I would have hoped. But days are different, this was such a race today," Hiidensalo said.

Besides Seppälä and Hiidensalo, no other Finnish men will be seen in Sunday's pursuit. Tuomas Harjula was 63rd, Heikki Laitinen 71st and Jaakko Ranta 80th in the sprint race.