Soldier Hollow Sprint (H): Perrot scores first career win, Jacqueline second

Marie Mahé, Media365, Posted on Sunday, March 10, 2024 at 8:30 am.

Eric Perrot won the Soldier Hollow sprint in the United States this Saturday, ahead of his compatriot Emilien Jacquelin. This is his first success in his career, the first for the Frenchman since March 2022.

French biathlon has been waiting for this for two years! This Saturday, Eric Perrot won the Soldier Hollow sprint in the state of Utah in the United States, including the biathlon World Cup for men. This is his first individual victory in the World Cup since the beginning of his career, and he is now only 22 years old. Above all, the Tricolore puts an end to a drought of two very long years for French men's biathlon, which has not tasted victory, individually or in the World Cup, since March 2022. On March 10, 2022, Quentin Fillon Maillet, who had just won no less than five medals during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in China, he won the sprint in Otepai, Estonia. On Saturday, Perrot, who started on the track three years ago and whose best result, both individually and in the World Cup, was third place in the mass start in Östersund, Sweden a year ago, built on his victory thanks, in particular, to 10/10 in terms of of his shooting. Enough to fill him with joy, upon arrival, in front of the L'Equipe microphone: “It's crazy. I've been talking about it for a while, I say I'm chasing it (op.ed.: first win). I promised myself I wouldn't finish this season without one win, I was thinking about it in the last lap.”

Fillon Maillet's big mistake

In this same race, the Tricolores shone in more ways than one, to the extent that Emilien Jacquelin also appeared on the podium when he finished second. Despite two shooting errors, the Habs were only 3'9 short of the day's victory. As for the podium, it is completed by the Norwegian Johan-Olav Botn, third, who had a flawless performance, but was 11'3 behind the first place at the finish line. Keep in mind that France could have even easily achieved a treble. But Quentin Fillon Maillet was handed a two-minute penalty for forgetting to take a penalty after missing the target with his spot-kick. In the end, he had to settle for 31st place. In the race for the big crystal globe, the Norwegian Johannes Thingnes Boe, only 17th, his older brother Tarjei, seventh, approaches 47 points. There are four individual races left, and the resumption begins this Sunday.

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