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Bronze: Now the German biathletes also have their first World Cup medal

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Bronze: Now the German biathletes also have their first World Cup medal

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Now the German biathletes also have their first World Cup medal

As of: 7:24 p.m. | Reading time: 2 minutes

Pure joy: Benedikt Doll won bronze at the Biathlon World Championships on Wednesday

Source: AFP/MICHAL CIZEK

After the women, the German biathlon men also won their first World Cup medal. Benedikt Doll takes bronze in the individual. As far as the World Cup title is concerned, the dominance of the Norwegians is once again evident.

Benedikt Doll won the second German medal at the Biathlon World Championships in Nove Mesto with bronze in the individual. The 33-year-old from the Black Forest only had to admit defeat to the Norwegian brothers Johannes Thingnes Bö and Tarjei Bö on Wednesday evening after a shooting error. Both also had one penalty minute each.

“Everything came together today. I’m incredibly happy that I was able to prove this to myself again,” said Doll on ZDF and added: “I didn’t go to the shooting range and be afraid, but I had fun and joy.”

One day after the surprising silver for Janina Hettich-Walz among the women, Doll also brought the hoped-for redemption among the men of the German Ski Association with the second World Cup individual medal of his career. After 20 kilometers, Doll finished 1:53.2 minutes behind the old and new champion Bö.

Medal chances in the relay

The Scandinavian successfully defended his title and also won the 19th World Championship gold of his career. It was his second triumph in the Czech Republic. Now Bö is just one title away from catching up with record world champion Ole Einar Björndalen.

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Even a shooting mistake couldn’t stop the dominator; only his older brother Tarjei, who also made a mistake, came close. The Norwegians had previously celebrated a triple success in the sprint and a five-fold triumph in the chase race. Doll became the first non-Norwegian to win an individual medal in Nove Mesto.

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Doll’s teammates had nothing to do with the decision and in some cases missed the top ten significantly. Roman Rees was the second best German with two errors in 13th place. Johannes Kühn (4) and Philipp Horn (5) took places 19 and 43.

The German ski hunters of national coach Uros Velepec have two more chances this weekend in the relay and in the final mass start. In Oberhof last year, the men remained without a medal in World Championship races for the first time since 1976.

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