Anais Bescond, Sophie Boilley, Vincent Jay, Jean Guillaume Beatrix (FRA) (l-r)
Natalya Burdyga, Olena Pidrushna, Andriy Deryzemlya, Serguei Sednev (UKR) (l-r)
Matej Kazar, Anastasiya Kuzmina, Jana Gerekova, Miroslav Matiasko (SVK) (l-r)
VINCENT JAY SECURES VICTORY WITH FRENCH MIXED TEAM IN ICY KONTIOLAHTI
For a long time today's race was in doubt due to icy temperatures with more than -20°C. After a 30 minute delay from the original start time, 18 of the 19 teams started the mixed relay. French team celebrated another team victory with Vincent Jay (FRA, Fischer skis and boots) on the last leg followed by Ukraine and Slovakia.
Fight until the finish line
The competiton in Kontiolahti in Eastern Finland was affected by extremely icy conditions which were very hard for everyone. Originally the race was scheduled on Sunday but due to the cold temperature today the IBU reschedules the mixed relay on Friday and sprint and pursuit on Saturday and Sunday because the temperatures are predicted to be warmer from tomorrow.
After 2x6 and 2x7.5k the French team with Fischer biathlete Vincent Jay celebrated victory shortly ahead of Ukraine. Both claimed only five respectively four spare rounds. The Ukrainian team apointed Natalya Burdyga (UKR, Fischer skis and boots), Olena Pidrushna (UKR, Fischer skis, boots and poles) and Andriy Deryzemlya (UKR, Fischer skis and boots) at the first three legs and surrendered just with a 1.0 second gap behind France.
Third went to great racing Slovakia in line-up with Jana Gerekova, Anastasiya Kuzmina and Matej Kazar (all SVK, Fischer) with eight spare rounds, 43 seconds behind. Russia showed a great shooting performance with only three spare rounds in line-up with Anna Bogaliy-Titovets (RUS, Fischer) and Andrei Makoveev (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) but due to Bogaliy's slow skiing they finished only fourth, more than one minute back, ahead of German team in line-up with Tina Bachmann (GER, Fischer skis and boots), Miriam Gössner und Daniel Böhm (both GER, Fischer).