Norway's Ingrid Tandrevold requires medical attention after finishing Olympic biathlon race

Norway's Ingrid Tandrevold, who was in position to reach the podium, needed to be carried off the track after a grueling 10km biathlon race on Sunday.

Biathlete finishes 14th after 'hitting the wall', Canada's Lunder finishes 54th

Norway's Ingrid Tandrevold is carried by support staff after crossing the finish line during biathlon women's 10km pursuit at National Biathlon Centre in Zhangjiakou, China. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The grueling nature of cross-country skiing was laid bare on Sunday when Norway's Ingrid Tandrevold, on the verge of winning a medal in the women's 10km biathlon, hit the wall, plummeted back through the field and collapsed on the finish line.

Fellow Norwegian Marte Olsbu Roieseland had been ahead and clear en route to her third gold of the Games, but Tandrevold, 25, was locked in battle with Swede Elvira Oeberg behind her.

With only around 300m to go, however, Oeberg forged clear as Tandrevold came to a virtual standstill. She recovered enough to start gliding, but skier after skier passed her and another Norwegian, Tiril Eckhoff, took bronze before Tandrevold eased across the line in 14th place.

Such was the sudden nature of the turnaround that the Eurosport TV commentator called Tandrevold as the bronze medallist, not realizing his mistake until minutes after the race.

Tandrevold immediately collapsed to the snow — not a particularly unusual sight after cross-country and biathlon races — but needed lengthy medical attention before getting to her feet and being helped away.

"She tried as hard as she could and she did everything to follow Elvira," Norway team doctor Lars Kolsrud told journalists.

"She went empty on top of the hill and hardly got to the finishing line. When she got there she was very sad and sorry, because she lost this medal and she was all empty for power. She was not unconscious but she was very, very exhausted. "She said nothing except: 'I've spoiled everything'."

Canada's Emma Lunder skis during Women's 10km biathlon pursuit. She finished in 54th place. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Tandrevold, a relay gold medallist at the last three world championships, finished fifth and eighth in the sprint and individual Olympic races during the week and had been hoping to take part in two further events.

"We will talk to her and see her and see that she get the proper food and proper drink tonight and then the days that follow and we have to decide whether she should compete anymore," Kolsrud said.

Emma Lunder was the lone Canadian in the event, and finished in 54th place.

The 30-year-old from Rossland, B.C., struggled in the shooting range, tallying seven misses. She finished the race seven minutes 29.8 seconds behind Marte Olsbu Roeiseland, who won the gold medal for Norway.

This is Lunder's second Olympics. She finished in 53th in the event in 2018.

With files from CBC Sports

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