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Christiansen revealed the details that gave the Norwegian relay winner: – For learning

ZHANGJIAKOU / OSLO (VG) Vetle Sjåstad Christiansen (29) praises Johannes Thingnes Bø (28) for the way he decided Saturday’s mixed relay.

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Norway, France and the ROC came together towards the race. Thus, Johannes Thingnes Bø, Quentin Fillon Maillet and Eduard Latypov had to settle for the gold, and inside the race, Thingnes Bø was superb.

The Norwegian men’s team has in recent seasons used Vetle Sjåstad Christiansen as anchor for the men’s relays due to the good sprint, and Sjåstad Christiansen was impressed by the way Thingnes Bø ended Saturday’s relay.

– It was extremely impressive. I have seen that sprint repeated many times. We had trained on it, and he did everything right, he says at a press conference on Sunday, and jokes that he now fears that Thingnes Bø will take over the anchor role.

IMPRESSED: Vetle Sjåstad Christiansen (right) was pleased with how Johannes Thingnes Bø (left) performed the sprint.

Together with Sivert Guttorm Bakken and lubrication manager Tobias Dahl Fenre, Sjåstad Christiansen had driven through the finish and given feedback on what worked best.

The message was that the best thing was to be number two over the last hilltop.

– He was number two and took three extra grips at the top. He had much greater speed than Latypov and Quentin. Quentin thinks I was taken to bed a bit, because Johannes solved it exemplary. With such high speed, there was not much one could do on the actual run. It was the speed you got down the hill that mattered. It was for learning, also for me, what he did, says Sjåstad Christiansen.

The Norwegian is aware that the Norwegian biathletes are concerned with constantly making small improvements.

– There are small details that we try to share with each other and find out. We are not afraid to seek knowledge, and very concerned with details and make each other better.

For Sjåstad Christiansen, it was also a sweaty experience as a spectator to the highly dramatic race.

– It was a lot of wind and difficult conditions, but it was the top four again in the end. It was pretty fair that way. It must have been the most exciting relay in a long time. I was so sweaty that I had to throw away my clothes afterwards, so I will probably have to send it for washing, he says.

In Saturday’s mixed relay, Thingnes Bø and Tarjei Bø went the two Norwegian men’s stages. For Tuesday’s 20 kilometers, the Norwegian four-man team will be supplemented with Sjåstad Christiansen and Sturla Holm Lægreid, and the latter was also powerfully impressed by Thingnes Bø.

– It was absolutely magical what he did there. It was John back in his good old ace. He will be absolutely scary in the Olympics, says Holm Lægreid.

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