Olga Vilukhina, Olga Zaitseva, Svetlana Sleptsova, Anna Bogaliy-Titovets (RUS) (l-r)
Fanny Horn, Elise Ringen, Tora Berger, Synnoeve Solemdal (NOR) (l-r)
OLGA VILUKHINA CLAIMS VICTORY FOR RUSSIAN RELAY
The Russian biathletes claimed victory in women's relay in Oberhof with Fischer-biathletes Anna Bogaliy-Titovets (RUS, Fischer), Svetlana Sleptsova (RUS, Fischer) and anchor leg racer Olga Vilukhina (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) ahead of Norway and France.
Neuners shooting leads Russia to success
For a long time Germany and Russia were fighting for victory until Magdalena Neuner had a very bad standing shooting. She had to go for four penalty loops and therefor the team missed the podium.
Russia secured victory ahead of Norway with Elise Ringen (NOR, Fischer skis, boots and poles) and Tora Berger (NOR, Fischer skis, boots and poles) who was only six seconds behind Vilukhina at the end of the race. "Our team worked very hard on both our
running and shooting at a training camp over the holidays. We had no
rest. Winning today was our reward", stated Sleptsova after the race. Team France came in third, they had to go for two penalty loops like Norway.