BIATHLON Preview: Women’s season title on the line in final World Cup in Oslo

Italy's Lisa Vittozzi (Photo: IBU)

Although Norway’s Johannes Thingnes Boe has wrapped up his first World Cup title and ended French star Martin Fourcade’s seven-year run at the top, the women’s seasonal competition is very much alive with the final races of the season this weekend.

The final World up in Oslo (NOR) will decide the women’s champion, with seven mathematically still in contention (season records include the recent World Championships):

1. 852 Dorothea Wierer (ITA) ~ 3 wins, three silvers this season
1. 852 Lisa Vittozzi (ITA) ~ 2 wins, two silvers, two bronzes
3. 753 Marte Olsbu Roeiseland (NOR) ~ 3 wins, one bronze
4. 724 Anastasiya Kuzmina (SVK) ~ 2 wins, one silver
5. 614 Kaisa Makarainen (FIN) ~ Defending champ; 3 wins, three silvers
6. 609 Hanna Oeberg (SWE) ~ 1 win, three bronzes
7. 595 Paulina Fialkova (SVK) ~ 2 silvers, two bronzes

The Oslo program includes a 7.5 km Sprint, 10 km Pursuit and 12.5 km Mass Start event. Roeiseland will be the home favorite; she’s won two Sprints this season and a Pursuit race.

The men’s title is in the hands of Boe, who has won an amazing 12 of the 18 World Cup races contested this season. Second place is up for grabs, however:

1. 1,110 Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR)
2. 796 Alexander Loginov (RUS)
3. 761 Quentin Fillon Maillet (FRA)
4. 753 Simon Desthieux (FRA)
5. 666 Arnd Peiffer (GER)

The Oslo schedule starts with a 10 km Sprint on Friday, followed by a 12.5 km Pursuit and a 15 km Mass Start race to finish the season.

Look for results here.