Marte Olsbu Røiseland (31) set the standard from the start and is heading for a sprint victory in Oberhof.
Not everyone has finished, but all the supposedly best runners have finished the race and it does not seem at the moment that anyone can threaten Marte Olsbu Røiseland.
Thus, it will be the season’s fourth victory for the 31-year-old and the 13th World Cup winner in the career of the southerner.
– It’s very delicious. I am very happy with the race, and it was incredibly nice to get paid with a victory. It tasted incredibly good, says Olsbu Røiseland to NRK.
The 31-year-old was told in the last round by coach Sverre Kaas that there could be a victory, and that she then managed to gear up in the end.
– That was what I needed to hear. You never know, I started early, so it could be that he took a chance, she says with a slight chuckle.
The victory will also lead to Olsbu Røiseland moving away from the World Cup in total, where she had 30 points down to Elvira Öberg before the race. The Swede missed twice on the first shot and ended up outside the top ten.
Belarusian Hanna Sola and Frenchman Julia Simon both tried to bring in Olsbu Røiseland in the last round. The two had the two best finishing rounds, but it was not good enough to bring in the Norwegian athlete. In the finish, they were both 7.1 seconds behind Olsbu Røiseland and seem to share second place.
While last season’s big one, Tiril Eckhoff, is hunting for the Olympic form at home in Norway, Olsbu Røiseland showed that the Olympic form is on schedule before the championship in China in February. Challenging conditions are expected there, as was also the case in Oberhof on Friday afternoon.
– It is very nice to do a good dress rehearsal. Most likely this is what we get from dress rehearsals before the Olympics. I do not expect such conditions in Ruhpolding. It tastes incredibly good to master these conditions, and then we get two more races this weekend where we get trained on these conditions, she says to NRK.
Olsbu Røiseland already started with start number 3 and opened with one boom on horizontal shooting. On the second shot she shot flawlessly, and with a quick final round she went into a clear lead.
– I am really happy with the result. It is demanding in Oberhof, but I felt so good that boom on the landscape. I regretted as soon as I had shot, she told NRK while she waited for the competitors.
Thus began the wait for the 31-year-old, and a number of competitors had the opportunity to challenge Olsbu Røiseland. But time and time again the challengers missed when it mattered most, and thus it seems to be a Norwegian victory in Oberhof.
It was also an upturn for Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold, who is currently in fifth place, 23.1 seconds Olsbu Røiseland.