Tiril Eckhoff’s incredible winning streak continues. With the sixth World Cup victory in sprint in a row and the eleventh victory of this season the Norwegian is almost unstoppable. Despite one penalty loop she wins the 7.5 km women’s sprint in Nove Mesto ahead of Denise Herrmann in second place and Dorothea Wierer who takes bronze.
With her victory she proves her dominance and her extra class, marches with giant steps towards the overall World Cup and extends her lead to her pursuers. Marte Olsbu, who started as second in the overall World Cup before the race, already shot herself out of the medals with two mistakes in the prone position, finished 14th with 46.7 seconds behind and thus lost further ground and points for the overall ranking. Franziska Preuss convinced once again in the cross-country skiing and finished with only one mistake in an excellent fourth place. With this result she has a good starting position for the pursuit race with a gap of 17.3 seconds and the DSV breathes a sigh of relief with this and the top result of Denise Herrmann.
Justine Braisaz once again with a rocket ski and a great run result finished twelfth but showed weakness again at the shooting range with two penalty loops. Young Ida Lien justified her nomination for the team with 15th place, her team mate Ingrid Tandrevold finished 17th. For Julia Simon it was still enough for 20th place with a gap of 1.08,7 minutes. With the 24th victory of her career Tiril Eckhoff shows that she is the athlete to beat.
Mein Sieg freut mich natürlich sehr, nur ärgert mich mein Schießfehler, so hatte ich der Konkurrenz wieder die Chance auf den Sieg gegeben. Ich habe wieder schnell meine Rhythmus gefunden und konnte mein Rennen durchziehen. Ich glaube heute habe ich wieder einen weiteren Schritt in Richtung Gesamtweltcup gemacht.“