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Russia wins men’s World Cup biathlon relay

March 10, 2013

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Dmitry Malyshko and Evgeny Ustyugov anchored the Russian team to a comeback win in the men’s 4x7.5-kilometer relay at a biathlon World Cup meet Sunday.

Russia overcame one penalty loop and six missed targets to win in 1 hour, 9 minutes, 50.8 seconds — 38.3 seconds ahead of second-place Germany. The Czech Republic was third, its first podium this season.

World champion Norway, which was leading the discipline standings coming into the race, missed eight times and ran two penalty loops to finish fourth.

It was Russia’s first podium finish in three days of competition at a test event for the next year’s Sochi Olympics.

With the victory, Russia edged ahead of Norway by three points to win the relay title after six races this season. France finished third.

The German team of Andrea Henkel, Evi Sachenbacher-Stehel, Miriam Gossner and Laura Dahlmeier needed seven extra rounds to hit targets and overcame a penalty loop to win the women’s race in 1 hour, 9 minutes, 27.1 seconds. Ukraine was second, 11.9 seconds behind, while Norway came in third, 21.2 seconds behind the winner — enough to claim the overall relay title.

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