It’s the second week in Oberhof and the second women’s sprint and the same winner! It’s also the second time I have written that sentence!
Yes Tiril Eckhoff followed teammate Johannes Boe’s lead and won the sprint again. It is her third sprint win in a row something that hasn’t been done on the women’s World Cup since 2012 when Magdelena Neuner won 5 in row. She also gave the Norwegian women their 50th sprint win on the World Cup.
She did all that even with missing one target. An error in the standing didn’t stop her winning by 9.3 seconds. In second place with clean shooting was Dorothea Wierer who seems to be returning to form. However she still has a way to go to match Eckhoff but there is time for her to do that before the World Championships in February.
It was the same again for Lisa Hauser today taking her third ‘third’ in a row. Again she shot 10/10 and now that her ski speed has improved markedly it is putting her on the podium. I bet Oberhof is her favourite venue now!
The Bouchet family took 4th and 5th with Justine Braisaz-Bouchet and Anais Chevalier-Bouchet. Justine was perfect on the range but Anais missed one in the standing. Weirdly despite the surnames they managed to marry to unrelated Bouchets so are only French and biathlon family not real family!
Sixth place went to Franziska Preuss with 9/10. Behind her came yellow bib rivals Hanna Oberg in 7th and Marte Olsbu Roeiseland in 8th.
Julia Schwaiger got her personal best in 9th with 10/10. Ekaterina Noskova did the same in 50th. Other women to hit the perfect score on the range were Janina Hettich (13th), Maren Hammerschmidt (17th), Mona Brorsson (18th), Tuuli Tomingas (20th), Caroline Colombo (26th), Eva Puskarcikova (45th), Alla Ghilenko (61st), Christina Reider (68th) and Julia Machyniakova (83rd).
Ingrid Tandrevold wasn’t able to finish the race today. She was feeling unwell after her second shoot and had to pull out but she is OK.
There are no pursuits as it’s one of those odd World Cups when they just have a sprint. The next race for the women is the relay on Saturday.
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