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German Women Win Biathlon Relay

December 7, 2001

HOCHFILZEN, Austria (AP) _ German women easily won the first biathlon relay of the season Friday, a 30-kilometer race in the Austrian Alps.

The victory sets up Germany as a potential medal favorite for the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in February.

The team of Uschi Disl, Katrin Apel, Martina Zellner and Martina Glasgow finished in 1 hour, 37 minutes, 09.1 seconds. In second place, 48.3 seconds behind, was the Russian world champion team of Olga Pyleva, Galina Koukleva, Anna Bogali and Svetlana Ishmouratova.

Bulgaria took third place with Pavlina Filipova, Irina Nikoultchina, Ekaterina Dafovska and Iva Karagiozova, finishing in 1:39.58.2. They were followed by Norway (Ann Elen Skjelbreid, Linda Tjoerhom, Gunn Margit Andreassen, Liv Grete Poiree) in 1:39:59.1.

Competition continues through Sunday.

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