Norway’s Roeiseland wins 3rd Olympic gold in 10K pursuit

Feb 12, 2022, 12:02 PM | Updated: Feb 13, 2022, 2:04 am
Marte Olsbu Roeiseland of Norway skis during the women's 10-kilometer pursuit race at the 2022 Wint...

Marte Olsbu Roeiseland of Norway skis during the women's 10-kilometer pursuit race at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

ZHANGJIAKOU, China (AP) — Marte Olsbu Roeiseland earned her third gold medal of the Beijing Olympics, and fourth medal overall, by winning the women’s biathlon 10-kilometer pursuit race Sunday.

The Norwegian started the race with a lead because of her win in the sprint race and hit 19 of her 20 targets. Despite strong winds and blowing snow, Roeiseland held her focus and shot cleanly in the last standing stop to win in 34 minutes, 46.9 seconds.

Elvira Oeberg, who was second in the sprint race and started 31 seconds behind Roeiseland, had three misses in her second and third shooting bouts, but cleaned the last standing to finish 1:36.5 behind for silver.

Tiril Eckhoff of Norway also missed three targets but came in 1:48.7 behind her teammate for the bronze medal.

Roeiseland previously won gold in the mixed relay as well as the sprint. She also won bronze in the individual race.

In her first Olympic appearance, Oeberg has won two silver medals. Eckhoff earned her first medal of the Beijing Games.

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