Tiril Eckhoff finally got to grips properly when she won Thursday’s normal distance in Canada. It was her first world cup victory in over one year.
The Fossum runner could cheer for a welcome triumph despite the one boom she incurred on other shooting. The victory is Eckhoff’s sixth in the World Cup. The previous one came in Italian Antholz on January 18 last year.
The 28-year-old was 10.4 seconds behind Czech Marketa Davidova after fourth and final shooting, but with a brilliant finish in the track, Eckhoff was in front of 9.8 seconds.
She took good time when she was in the stand for the last time. Eckhoff did not let the nerves take over and hit all the flashes. It is the first time she is left as a winner of a normal distance in the World Cup.
– This is a great day for me. I tackled a normal distance, and this is the first time in my career. It is great, because it has been hopeless this year. So thank you so much to everyone who has supported me through thick and thin. I wish I was more stable, said Eckhoff in his victory interview to NRK and added:
– I have to thank wonderful team friends today. We make an incredible team effort.
Before Thursday’s victory, Eckhoff had two 12th places as the best season in the World Cup.
The normal distance in Canadian Canmore was reduced from 15 to 12.5 kilometers due to extreme colds that have ravaged North America recently. The additional time for each boom was also lowered from 60 to 45 seconds.
Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold also ran a brilliant race. The 22-year-old saw four flawless shooting series, but had to endure one bomb shot at the second-last spot. She fell from the podium when Eckhoff crossed the finish line. With some practitioners still out on the track, she is number five in the results list. It split 1.05.8 minutes up to team mate Eckhoff.
With 19 out of 20 hits Tandrevold again showed that she has taken big steps this season. Almost three weeks ago, the carrying girl was only a few inches away from a sensational world cup victory.
Marte Olsbu Røiseland went badly in the track, but four bombs made her unable to fight for the pallet places. She scored 1.50.7 behind Eckhoff.
Emilie Kalkenberg also showed promising beats and stayed at only two bombs, while both Synnøve Solemdal and Thekla Brun-Lie incurred three bomb shots. Norway had all its runners in among the 40 best.