Johannes Thingnes Bö was the sovereign ruler of men’s biathlon last season.
Bö won the World Cup overall in front of Martin Fourcade, who had finished his career, and the Norwegian grabbed as many as five medals from the Anterselva World Cup.
On Saturday, 27-year-old Bö received a demonstration that it is not possible to ride in the top sports on the old merits for a very long time.
He got to know the budding ascent of his rivals in the 3,000-meter test run of the Norwegian biathlon national team in Sognsvann.
Bö finished fourth in the seven-runner test. The performance was satisfactory, but the laundry was still harsh.
His big brother Tarjei, one of the best biathletes in the world, and Tobias Dahl Fenre, the national team's ski caretaker, also crept in front of him.
For the guardian, the loss made at least the big brother excited.
- In order to be able to complain about skis in the winter, you should still win a ski caregiver. Skis cannot be blamed if the guardian is better, Tarjei rejoices in an interview with Norwegian TV2.
For the guardian, losing sounds worse than it actually is, as John, who pinched 9.10, improved his run by three seconds last summer.
Despite the big brother's comments, the loss suffered by guardian Dahl Fenre was not particularly shameful, as this is a tough ultra-running enthusiast.
Be that as it may, the biathlon stars, bored by a race break of more than two months, took the test race pretty seriously.
Tarjei, who ran his new three-ton record of 8.54, said he had been afraid of a mismatch between national teammates for days.
Head coach Egil Kristiansen confirmed his protector's claim about the seriousness of the competition.
- It's good that the boys got to test their nerves in a competitive situation for a long time. They were more excited than in the World Cup, he told TV2.
The 3,000-meter running test is a fairly common form of test for skiers. Andreas Aukland, who specializes in marathon races, has had the toughest result among the Norwegians, with a wild record of 8.02.
Last year’s ski king Petter Northug’s record is reportedly 8.51.
Last spring, Iivo Niskanen, one of the Finnish skiers, estimated in an interview with Endurance Sports that he would be able to run the trip around 8.30. However, it would require a special investment in high-speed running, according to the Olympic champion.
The record of the trip to Finland is 7.43.2 in the name of Lasse Viren and Ari Paunonen.