Franziska Hildebrand, Miriam Gössner, Nadine Horchler, Andrea Henkel (GER) (l-r)
Nadine Horchler, Andrea Henkel (GER) (l-r)
Olga Vilukhina (RUS), Andrea Henkel (GER) (l-r)
Andrea Henkel (GER)
Simon Fourcade (FRA)
Evgeniy Garanichev, Dmitry Malyshko, Evgeny Ustyugov, Anton Shipulin (RUS) (l-r)
Dmitry Malyshko (RUS)
Evgeny Ustyugov (RUS)

GERMANY AND FRANCE WIN BIATHLON RELAY IN ANTERSELVA

20.01.2013
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German biathletes Franziska Hildebrand (GER), Miriam Gössner (GER, Fischer), Nadine Horchler (GER, Fischer) and Andrea Henkel (GER, Fischer skis and boots) celebrated victory in women's relay in Anterselva followed by Russia and France. In men's race team France secured victory with their first skier Simon Fourcade (FRA, Fischer skis and boots).
Strong German team performance
German girls showed great performances in women's relay in Anterselva and secured victory 17 seconds ahead of their chasers. Thy had to compensate ten spare rounds but in skiing they were much better than their opponents - especially Miriam Gössner and Nadine Horchler corfirmed their strong shape. "In standing stage it was very hard, I got a 'sewing-machine' because I skied too slow towards shooting range. But I fighted for each shot and I made it", Gössner said and avoided a penalty. Second went to team Russia with Fischer skiers Ekaterina Glazyrina, Ekaterina Shumilova and Olga Vilukhina (all RUS, Fischer). Norwegians anchorwoman Tora Berger (NOR, Fischer skis, bots and poles) gained a few positions but more than finishing fourth wasn't possible with one penalty.

France ahead of Russia and Austria
Frenchmen with Simon Fourcade and his team mates Jean Guillaume Beatrix (FRA), Alexis Boeuf (FRA) and Martin Fourcade (FRA) enforched all the others. There were changing conditions first with wind, snow, then sleet and later fog and France shot only eight spare rounds. Russia consisting of Anton Shipulin (RUS, Fischer skis and boots), Evgeny Ustyugov (RUS, Fischer skis and boots), Evgeny Garanichev (RUS) and Dmitry Malyshko (RUS, Fischer) needed eight additional rounds and finished in second spot, ten seconds back. Third went to Austria consisting ofSimon Eder (AUT, Fischer skis and boots), Christoph Sumann (AUT), Daniel Mesotitsch (AUT, Fischer skis and boots) and Dominik Landertinger (AUT) who shot one penalty in last standing stage.
Relay Women, Anterselva (ITA):
1. Deutschland
GER 0 01.13.02,10
2. Russland
RUS 0 01.13.19,50
3. Frankreich
FRA 0 01.13.43,00
4. Norwegen
NOR 1 01.14.21,60
5. Ukraine
UKR 0 01.14.42,50
6. Polen
POL 2 01.14.56,40
7. Belarus
BLR 1 01.15.25,40
8. Italien
ITA 1 01.16.12,40
9. Österreich
AUT 0 01.16.42,60
10. USA
USA 1 01.17.45,20
11. Kanada
CAN 2 01.18.24,80
12. Schweden
SWE 2 01.18.45,00
13. Rumänien
ROM 0 01.19.39,00
DNF. Kasachstan
KAZ 0
DNF. Lea Johanidesova
CZE 0
DNF. Slowakei
SVK 0
Relay Men, Anterselva (ITA):
1. Frankreich
FRA 0 01.13.26,00
2. Russland
RUS 0 01.13.36,10
3. Österreich
AUT 1 01.14.44,50
4. Schweden
SWE 2 01.15.39,60
5. Schweiz
SUI 0 01.15.46,30
6. Tschechien
CZE 2 01.15.46,50
7. Deutschland
GER 4 01.15.49,30
8. Ukraine
UKR 1 01.15.59,10
9. Slowakei
SVK 1 01.16.13,50
10. Norwegen
NOR 1 01.16.17,50
11. Italien
ITA 1 01.16.17,60
12. USA
USA 2 01.16.47,30
13. Belarus
BLR 2 01.16.49,30
14. Slowenien
SLO 4 01.17.09,10
15. Bulgarien
BUL 0 01.17.17,40
16. Kanada
CAN 0 01.19.08,60