Three weeks after his record five medals (including two golds) at the Beijing Olympics, Quentin Fillon-Maillet has mathematically taken the overall standings of the 2022 Biathlon World Cup season this Saturday afternoon in Estonia.
With his yellow leader bib still undisputed, to sicken the competition by winning the three previous individual races scheduled since the post-Olympic recovery, he simply had to finish – at least – in 23rd place in the race of the day on the Estonian snow…
And this Otepää Male mass start, the Jurassien didn’t tarnish it for all that. Oh no, not the kind of guy. True to his temperament and his increasingly rusty spirit this winter, QFM is ready 2nd (19/20 rifle) to sign his 11th podium – including 8 wins – in 19 individual races on the major world circuit (excluding the Olympics) this season!
The strongest, on the track and firing range this Saturday, is named Vetle Christiansen, with a 6″ lead ahead of the Norwegian…
Great emotions again for relatives of QFM in his Jura stronghold
Even his relatives, in his native Jura, can no longer keep up with Quentin Fillon-Maillet’s exceptional pace. They were over twenty to have already booked their planes and their stay in Norway from March 17 to 20, to follow the final round of the World Cup in Oslo, where the final and official crowning of their beloved QFM – a priori – was held. expect … In other words, no Estonia this week for all these beautiful people: it is in front of the TV at his parents’ house, in his stronghold Saint-Laurent-en-Grandvaux, where we were still shaking this Saturday afternoon to attend live – but remotely – the inauguration of the new boss of the world biathlon!
There was of course Helene and Laurent Fillon-Maillet, the mom and dad or even his sister Métiline and his youngest brother Rémi (Jason couldn’t be there unfortunately). without forgetting lydia, the biathlete’s partner and some members of his Ski Club du Grandvaux in particular. And at the foot of the sofa: Papuche, the house dog!
And like during the legendary Olympic exploits of Franc-Comtois in Beijing, followed a month earlier on the giant screen of the Salle des Sports, crowded and stimulated by the popular enthusiasm in Saint-Laurent-en-Grandvaux, the the same huge emotions, shivers and slightly wet eyes †
The large globe for Quentin Fillon-Maillet, French successor to Martin Fourcade, Raphaël Poirée and Patrice Bailly-Salins
Quentin Fillon-Maillet becomes the 18th winner of the biathlon big crystal globe by winning the general classification of the 45th edition of the World Cup since the winter of 1977-1978.
And he is only the 4th French biathlete in this prestigious atmosphere, after the Catalan Martin Fourcade (retired in 2020) and his breathtaking record of 7 coronations – consecutively – from 2012 to 2018! the Iserois Raphael Poireehe stands on the 3rd step of the planetary podium of holders of large globes (3, from 2000 to 2002, then in 2004), just behind the other legend of the discipline: the Norwegian Ole Einar Bjorndalen and his 6 overall World Cup titles (1998, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009).
Patrice Bailly-Salins… Jurassic, like QFM, is on his side the very first French have ever won the Biathlon World Cup: in 1994when Quentin Fillon-Maillet was barely 18 months old…
Since the 1999-2000 seasonapart from the 2007 “exception” with the German Michael Greis, the biathlete French and Norwegian never stop trusting the big crystal ball : 12, now, for France and 10 for Norway (also with Johannes Boe from 2019 to 2021, Tarjei Boe in 2011, Emil Svendsen in 2010)!
Still challenges, especially small crystal balls, for the last of the world season in Oslo
Only the last three individual races of the last Norwegian round of the world season in Oslo (17 to 20 March) count not quite for butter either† King Quentin Fillon-Maillet can still win there two other small crystal balls (Sprint and Mass Start)after the already formalized Pursuit.
And the French biathlon can also be a wonderful and unpublished double blue-white-red in the general classification World Cup Final: The current QFM runner-up is still from Isérois Emilien Jacquelin (8th in the flight of the day)!
Quentin FILLON-MAILLET’s Prize List (as of March 12, 2022)
World Cup (since December 13, 2013 / Sprint, Grand-Bornand: 54th)
† (excluding World Championships and Olympic Games)