The Frenchman’s prize list has grown even more on Friday in Oslo, despite his second place behind Sturla Holm Laegreid.
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Already winner of the big globe of the World Cup, Quentin Fillon Maillet still remains focused until the end of the season. The Frenchman is still ravenously hungry and proved it on Friday March 18 at Oslo Holmenkollen.
During the last sprint of the season, the five-time Olympic medalist in Beijing went for second place, behind an imperial Sturla Holm Laegreid at home. A performance that allows him to win the small globe of the specialty, ahead of the Swede Sebastian Samuelsson. Ideal before setting off on Saturday, on the pursuit.
Laegreid dominates the sprint in his first Holmenkollen World Cup appearance!
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All that’s missing for “QFM” is the small globe of the mass start to complete its exceptional season. Because this Friday, the Jura player went to get the last points he needed to win the sprint classification. After a timid start to the race on skis, the 29-year-old biathlete ensured a clear shot before going into overdrive at the end of the race. A sufficient effort to pass in front of his (distant) rival for the small globe, the Swede Sebastian Samuelsson, 3rd just four seconds behind the Frenchman.
For the win, however, neither of the two men managed to compete with Sturla Holm Laegreid. The Norwegian delivered a recital in shooting but, above all, was supersonic on skis. For the last sprint of his career, Simon Desthieux – who like Anaïs Bescond will retire from sport at the end of the weekend – took 12th place, far ahead of his compatriots Antonin Guigonnat (22nd), Emilien Claude (27th) or Emilien Jacquelin (30th). The latter also gives up his place as runner-up to Fillon Maillet to Samuelsson in the World Cup standings.