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Linn Persson grounded Sweden's relay victory with her success in the opening leg. Photo: Kalle Parkkinen


Elvira Öberg anchors the Swedish women to the relay victory, Finland seventh

Elvira Öberg skied as strong as usual and anchored the Swedish women to the relay victory. Germany was second and Norway third.

Sweden used four spare cartridges in the race and finished 28.1 seconds ahead of Germany and 31.5 seconds ahead of Norway. Before Elvira Öberg, the team relay was carried by Linn Persson, Anna Magnusson and Hanna Öberg.

Elvira Öberg was rightly proud of both the team and her own performance.

"We were in the lead the entire message. It shows what a great team we are. The four of us competed today, but there could have been many more on the team. I am really happy with my own performance. For the first time I shot cleanly in the World Cup relay. Finally I was able to do it in that place. It gives me a lot of confidence," Öberg said.

In the previous day's normal race, Öberg was ninth.

“It was not a disaster. It was a moderate race, but I want more than ninth place. What I did today is more what I want", Öberg said.

The Finnish women's team succeeded

Finnish women continued the good relay day started by the men. Seventh place went to the team of Suvi Minkkinen, Nastassia Kinnunen, Mari Eder and Erika Jänkä. Finland shot one penalty, used 10 spare cartridges and lost to Sweden 3:22,3.

"It's nice to be able to fight in those top teams. I was a little nervous about how to recover from a normal trip, but I was able to use my legs very well and hit the "wall" on the last lap, so it's a really good feeling", said Minkkinen.

"I think it went really well", Kinnunen said.

"I am completely satisfied with skiing. Sleep was a great achievement. In the vertical, I first missed three shots and then it hurt and I decided not to shoot again," Eder said.

On the anchor section, Jänkä fought all he could until the end.

"I knew I had to ski just my own (performance). One fine, nothing can be done", Jänkä said.