Benedikt Doll wins Östersund Individual
Benedikt Doll won the last individual of the season disputed Thursday in Östersund (Sweden). Author of a 20 out of 20 in shooting, the German, 32, 2017 world sprint champion, won at the end of the 20 km ahead of the Italian Tommaso Giacomel (at 1’9″1, 19 out of 20 behind the rifle) and the Norwegian Vetle Christiansen (at 1’11″5, 19 out of 20). This is his first victory of the winter.
This race was contested in the absence of the first two in the general classification of the World Cup, the Norwegians Johannes Boe and Sturla Laegreid, both victims of Covid-19. Laegreid’s withdrawal allowed Boe to secure a fourth big crystal globe before even competing in this individual. At the end of this race, the globe of the specialty returned to Vetle Christiansen.
In the absence of Quentin Fillon Maillet (also due to Covid-19) and Emilien Jacquelin (who ended his season at the end of the World Championships), the best Frenchman was the young Eric Perrot. With a single fault behind the rifle, the latter took sixth place, 2’7″8 from the winner. This is, at 21, the best result of his career.