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Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold anchored the Norwegian team to victory. Photo: IBU/Manzoni.


Norway took the women's relay, Finland after challenges in the opening race of the 11th Kontiolahti

On the opening day of the Kontiolahti World Cup, Norway, which finished fourth in the Olympics, won the women's relay with a clear 37.7 second difference over Sweden. Italy was third.

Norway's winning quartet was, in order, Marte Olsbu Röiseland, Tiril Eckhoff, Ida Lien and Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold.

Tandrevold's Olympics were canceled due to health reasons, but now the woman was in good competitive shape again.

– I came back with a very good message performance. This was a good start to the World Cups at the end of the season. Our goal was to stay at the top during the entire message, because then the "Stop the war" message on our collars is also more visible, Tandrevold said on the IBU website.

Finland finished 11th with the team of Mari Eder, Suvi Minkkinen, Nastassia Kinnunen and Erika Jänkä.< /p>

- I am quite satisfied with my bet. After the Olympics, especially skiing was a bit stressful. Skiing left a really good feeling, quite different from China. I think shooting was a really good thing for me to do. Certainly not our best relay race, but on a personal level I was excited about what my own physical level is at the moment. That was probably a very positive signal, Minkkinen reflected.

Finland had a challenging start to the competition, when in the opening section Eder had to go to the penalty round after the first shooting position, which dropped the team's ranking sadly far. In addition to Eder, Jänkä also had to go through a penalty round once and the team used a total of 13 spare cartridges. The first round of fines in the posts of the season upset Eder.

– During the series, it was windy. I took that into account, but I still didn't succeed. My own mistakes. Physically, it was going really well. Towards Saturday, Eder said, directing his thoughts to the next competition..

Sweden, who took second place, won the relay cup when France was rejected in the competition.

On Friday, the men's relay will compete.