Martin Ponsiluoma became Sweden’s first male biathlon world champion since 1958 when he won a breathtaking gold in the 10 km sprint in Pokljuka

The 25-year-old, who previously had three World Cup podiums and was 27th at last year’s World Cup Had occupied place, chose a good time to achieve a first career victory, which was based on a flawless shooting performance

Ponsiluoma did not miss any of his 10 shots while lying or standing and completed the three-lap course in 24: 411 to finish in first place

“It’s hard to say (that I could hold the lead), I knew there were a lot of strong athletes behind me. I was very early on the field so it was hard to know

“I had a good feeling all day. I didn’t think of anything while shooting, just did it like in training You have to do this

“You can’t think of hitting this way and that. I just did what I had to do”

The Frenchman Simon Desthieux, who also showed a perfect shooting performance, took silver after finishing 11 seconds behind the new champion

“I worked very hard to do my best at these championships. It was a great day for me

“When I woke up I knew this day was going to be great and I did my best biathlon race in a long time”

Another Frenchman, Emilien Jacquelin, won bronze and perhaps could have received a medal of a different color had it not been for a shot in the prone position

None of the Norwegian mixed relay gold medalists earlier in the week made it onto the podium on Friday Johannes Dale was fourth and overall World Cup leader Johannes Thingnes Boe was fifth after two penalties

The world championship will continue on the weekend with the 12 men, 5 km pursuit on Sunday


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