Biathlete Quentin Fillon Maillet has not been on any of the individual podiums in the first three stages of the 2022-23 World Cup. Crowned the best biathlete in the world and double Olympic champion last year, the Frenchman has disappeared from the radar this season.
He had illuminated the 2021-2022 season of French biathlon. Double Olympic champion at the Beijing Olympics and crowned best biathlete in the world, with his big crystal globe, Quentin Fillon Maillet was advancing this season as one of the great favorites to his own succession. He is finally going through a very difficult period.
The Jurassian did not reach any podium in the individual events this season. His best result is a fourth place in December at the end of the pursuit in Hochfilzen (Austria). Clearly, I’m missing this podium finish,” said Quentin Fillon Maillet. I’m not satisfied with all that.”
Objective: the world championships
This season, the French biathlete will not, in all likelihood, lift the big globe of the discipline. Quentin Fillon Maillet is in 8th place in the overall World Cup standings, 329 points behind the leader, Norway’s Johannes Boes. The Jurassian is also behind two other Frenchmen, Emilien Jacquelin (3rd) and Fabien Claude (5th).
“The big globe is difficult, but there are still some good races so we will try to climb back up. I’ll try to produce some great races of great shots and we’ll do the math at the end of the season.”
After the holiday break, the Frenchman will have the opportunity to get back on track starting Friday, January 6, with the fourth World Cup stop in Pokljuka, Slovenia. Quentin Fillon Maillet will then focus on the next World Championships in Oberhof, Germany, from February 8 to 19, where he hopes to win his first individual world championship title.