Laegreid appears like Johannes Thingnes Boe’s closest competitor for the overall World Cup title

Norway swept the IBU World Cup podium in Oberhof for the second time in 3 days as Sturla Holm Laegreid claimed pursuit gold in dramatic style.

Laegreid routed compatriots Johannes Dale and Tarjei Boe by 34.3 seconds heading into the last shoot of the 12.5 km race.

Dale missed twice and Boe 3 times, leaving Laegreid to surge to a fourth World Cup gold of the season.

” It was crazy seeing the other people miss out on, then I saw the chance and took it, but I did not manage to shot tidy,” stated the 23-year-old, who missed out on when in the last round.

” Usually, I believe Dale would take me however today I managed to keep him behind me so I am satisfied with that.

” Oberhof is so tough. You understand you need to have a hard time all the method. You can sometimes in the starting feel it is too simple and go harder, however then you get it in the last loop. It is a difficult track, you have to be wise.”

There was an uncharacteristically sloppy shooting display screen from overall World Cup leader Johannes Thingnes Boe, who missed out on four times on the last susceptible shoot.

France’s Fabien Claude finished fourth, 30.7 seconds back, followed by Lukas Hofer of Italy.