Öberg wins historic gold in front of home fans
Hanna Öberg created history on Tuesday as she won gold in the women’s individual at the World Championships in Ostersund.
Öberg shot perfectly and skied brilliantly to beat off the rest of the competition and follow up her Olympic gold at PyeongChang last year with the world title as well.
In doing so she becomes the first woman to ever win gold at the World Championships in the Individual a year after doing so at the Olympics.
After coming fifth in the Pursuit and fourth in the Sprint the 23-year-old put in a dominant display in the Individual.
“I’m super happy, this means a lot to me.” Öberg told Eurosport after the race.
" To do this on home soil with this audience, with my mother and father here, it’s unbelievable. I’m really proud of myself that I pulled off this race today."
“I was 100% focused today and that is what it takes. For me the focus is the big task to fulfil during the shooting and today I really managed to be focused all the way.”
When asked about her success at the Olympics last year Öberg said that she feels that maybe she is more proud compared to last year, where her emotion was more of shock.
“It’s hard to describe, last year it was so much of a surprise that this year I know I can do it and to be able to do it here today.
The defending champion from two years ago at Hochfilzen, Laura Dahlmeier, finished in fourth suffering one penalty.
She was seven seconds behind bronze medallist Justine Braisaz, with the 22-year-old Frenchwoman taking her first individual World Championships medal.
Italy’s Lisa Vittozzi was the closest challenger to Öberg as she took second, also shooting flawlessly.