The Norwegian squad held of the challenge of France and Germany ©IBU

It was a special day for Norway at the International Biathlon Union (IBU) World Cup in German town Oberhof, with two relay event victories. 

In the men's 4x7.5 kilometres event, Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen outsprinted France's Quentin Fillon Maillet in the final 100 metres to guarantee victory. 

Christiansen and his team mates, Lars Helge Birkeland, Johannes Dale and Erlend Bjöntegaard had two penalties and eight spare rounds. 

It delivered their third relay win this season. 

France had two penalties and six spares, finishing 4.4 seconds back. 

In third were Germany, with two penalties and 14 spares, 48.2 seconds behind.

The Norway women's team start their celebrations ©IBU
The Norway women's team start their celebrations ©IBU

In the women’s 4x6km relay, Norway’s Tiril Eckhoff cleaned the last standing stage using just a spare round to help guarantee her country’s third relay win of the season.

Eckhoff and Marte Olsbu Røiseland moved the team that included Synnøve Solemdal and Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold from 55 seconds back to the victory. 

Sweden, with 10 spare rounds finished second, 21.1 seconds back, while France, with 12 spares were third, 33.1 seconds back.