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BIATHLON: Boe and Eckhoff win their races in windy and cold Canmore

Sometimes it’s too cold for even winter-sport athletes to compete. The Polar Vortex hammered Canmore (CAN) all during the week, allowing only the shortened individual races and relays to be held.

The Mass Start events scheduled for Saturday were changed to Sprints, but were canceled thanks to temperatures of -25 C (-13 F) on Saturday and -20 C (-4 F) on Sunday.

However, it was once again Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR) who managed to get to the line first on Thursday, winning his 12th race out of 16 held this season. He extended his overall World Cup lead to 896-596 over Russia’s Alexander Loginov.

Norwegian teammate Tiril Eckhoff won the women’s 12.5 km Individual race for her sixth career World Cup victory and first in just more than a year. Italy’s Lisa Vittozzi was third, cutting her deficit from season-leading Dorothea Wierer (ITA) to 651-646.

The World Cup hopes for better weather this coming week in Salt Lake City (USA). Summaries from Canmore:

IBU World Cup
Canmore (CAN) ~ 7-10 February 2019
(Full results here)

Men’s 15 km Individual: 1. Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR), 35:27.9 (0 penalties); 2. Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen (NOR), +2:10.2 (2); 3. Alexander Loginov (RUS), +2:41.0 (2); 4. Lars Helge Birkeland (NOR), +2:51.3 (1); 5. Dominik Windisch (ITA), +2:56.3 (2).

Men’s 10 km Sprint: Cancelled due to cold weather.

Men’s 4×7.5 km Relay: 1. Norway (Birkeland, Christiansen, Bjoentegaard, Boe), 1:16:36.6 (7); 2. France, +1:10.4 (8); 3. Russia, +1:48.4 (9); 4. Germany, +2:48.6 (15); 5. Austria, +3:22.2 (14). Also: 17. United States (Sean Doherty, Leif Nordgren, Max Durtschi, Travis Cooper), lapped.

Women’s 12.5 km Individual: 1. Tiril Eckhoff (NOR), 36:32.9 (1); 2. Marketa Davidova (CZE), +9.8 (0); 3. Lisa Vittozzi (ITA), +20.9 (0); 4. Franziska Hildebrand (GER), +47.8 (0); 5. Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold (NOR), +1:05.8 (1).

Women’s 7.5 km Sprint: Cancelled due to cold weather.

Women’s 4×6 km Relay: 1. Germany (Hinz, Hildebrand, Hermann, Dahlmeier), 1:10:16.3 (13); 2. Norway, +30.2 (9); 3. France, +41.6 (12); 4. Italy, +1:40.5 (9); 5. Switzerland, +2:24.6 (12). Also: 8. United States (Susan Dunklee, Clare Egan, Joanne Reid, Emily Dreissigacker), +3:58.4 (14).

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