Eckhoff sprints to 5th World Cup gold
Eckhoff holds the sprinters red jersey thanks to a thrilling win in Germany
Tiril Eckhoff was made to work for her fifth IBU World Cup gold of the season as she outsprinted compatriot Marte Olsbu Roiseland to claim pursuit success in Oberhof.
The Norwegian started in front of the field after sprint success on Friday and led throughout the 10km race, pipping her team-mate to top spot by five seconds.
Eckhoff, triumphant regardless of taking two charge loops due to misses on the variety, remains second to Roiseland in the race for the yellow jersey.
” I think I needed to make a mistake on the last shoot simply to make it exciting!” joked the 30-year-old.
” My method was to take it a bit easier. I was hoping Marte would take a bit of the flight, since I went the entire race by myself today. However Marte would not go so we just had a really good battle.
” I am actually happy and especially when I take Marte in a sprint, I am really pleased!”
Eckhoff held a 50-second lead at the 3.4 km split, however missed the 5th and last shot in her second check out to the range.
Austria’s Lisa Hauser and Roiseland provided chase and the World Cup leader was in touch with Eckhoff after she missed out on in the 2nd prone stage.
But the five-time Olympic medallist kept control in the last 2km and pulled clear of Roiseland, who shot tidy, in the final metres.
Roiseland said: “I am so pleased with my shooting today. I believe it’s a truly long period of time considering that I struck 20 out of 20, several years now. I think it was a best race.”
Hauser, who won her very first World Cup medal in Friday’s sprint, did it once again – 43 seconds behind the leaders and 28 ahead of Russia’s Svetlana Mironova.