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Tiril Eckhoff reigns supreme in Finland

Eckhoff reigns supreme in Finland
By Sportsbeat

10/03/2017 at 19:37Updated 10/03/2017 at 19:56

Tiril Eckhoff notched the third biathlon World Cup victory of her career after blitzing the field in the 7.5km sprint in Kontiolahti, Finland, on Friday.

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Eckhoff shot flawlessly and raced clear on the skis to cross the line in 19:18.4 minutes, a full 18.3 seconds clear of Germany's Laura Dahlmeier in second.

The Norweigan was 20.4 seconds ahead of Darya Domracheva of Belarus, who took bronze, while Russia's Daria Virolaynen came fourth.

Eckhoff finished second in the sprint last weekend but went one better in Finland, and all three of her World Cup triumphs have now come in Scandinavia.

The 26-year-old was first victorious in Ostersund, Sweden, in December 2014, before also winning in Oslo Holmenkollen in Norway last March.

And she couldn't hide her delight at climbing the top step of the podium after an up-and-down season.

"I was a little unsure in body and mind heading into the race but I am very happy with the shooting," said Eckhoff.

"It was a perfect race, so I have to take that with me moving forward. It's a super-lovely feeling.

"It was not like this earlier this season, so now I might allow myself a vacation in April!"

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