Vetle Christiansen, Lars Helge Birkeland, Henrik L'Abbee-Lund, Ole Einar Bjoerndalen (NOR) (l-r)
Tora Berger, Fanny Horn, Hilde Fenne, Synnoeve Solemdal (NOR) (l-r)
Vita Semerenko, Julija Dzhyma, Valj Semerenko, Olena Pidhrushna (UKR) (l-r)
Alexis Boeuf, Martin Fourcade, Vincent Jay, Jean Guillaume Beatrix (FRA) (l-r)
Anton Shipulin, Andrei Makoveev, Evgeny Ustyugov, Dmitry Malyshko (RUS) (l-r)
Ekaterina Glazyrina, Ekaterina Shumilova, Olga Zaitseva, Olga Vikuhina (RUS) (l-r)

NORWEGIAN BIATHLETES WIN BOTH RELAYS

09.12.2012
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Norwegians Lars Helge Birkeland (NOR, Fischer skis and boots), Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, Vetle Sjastad Christiansen and Henrik L'Abee-Lund (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) stormed to victory in relay race in Hochfilzen ahead of France and Russia. Norwegian girls with their last skier Tora Berger (NOR, Fischer skis, boots and poles) won relay race ahead of Ukraine and Russia, too.
Vincent Jay ends his carreer on podium
There's no cure for the Norwegians: All of the team showed a great performance with only one spare round in eight shootings and skiing the young team except Bjoerndalen was in a good shape, too. But also the Frenchmen had a reason to celebrate: Their first skier Vincent Jay (FRA, Fischer skis and boots) decided to end his carreer this morning and they finished on podium in his last race. The 27-year-old shot clear and his team ended with just six spare rounds 34 seconds behind Norway. Third went to Russia consisting of Fischer biathletes Anton Shipulin (RUS, Fischer skis and boots), Evgeny Ustyugov (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) and Dmitry Malyshko (RUS, Fischer) with nine spare rounds.

Strong norwegian team performance
The whole norwegian team showed a great race in women's relay, too. The quartet missed only five targets, this means an invulnerably victory 30 seconds ahead of their opponents. Second went to Ukraine consisting of Vita and Valj Semerenko (both UKR, Fischer) and Olena Pidhrushna (UKR, Fischer skis, boots and poles)who ditched Olga Vilukhina (RUS, Fischer) during the last lap. Vilukhinas's team with first skier Ekaterina Glazyrina (RUS, Fischer) finished 45 seconds behind Norway in third position.
Relay Men, Hochfilzen (AUT):
1. Lars Helge Birkeland
NOR 0+0 0+0 1:17:55.2
1. Ole Einar Bjoerndalen
NOR 0+0 0+1 1:17:55.2
1. Vetle Sjastad Christiansen
NOR 0+0 0+0 1:17:55.2
1. L'abee-lund Henrik
NOR 0+0 0+0 1:17:55.2
2. Vincent Jay
FRA 0+0 0+0 1:18:29.7
2. Jean Guillaume Beatrix
FRA 0+0 0+3 1:18:29.7
2. Alexis Boeuf
FRA 0+1 0+1 1:18:29.7
2. Martin Fourcade
FRA 0+1 0+0 1:18:29.7
3. Anton Shipulin
RUS 0+1 0+0 1:18:41.8
3. Andrei Makoveev
RUS 0+1 0+3 1:18:41.8
3. Evgeny Ustyugov
RUS 0+0 0+0 1:18:41.8
3. Dmitry Malyshko
RUS 0+2 0+2 1:18:41.8
4. Daniel Mesotitsch
AUT 0+0 1+3 1:19:24.8
4. Christoph Sumann
AUT 0+1 0+1 1:19:24.8
4. Friedrich Pinter
AUT 0+0 0+3 1:19:24.8
4. Dominik Landertinger
AUT 0+2 0+0 1:19:24.8
Relay Women, Hochfilzen (AUT):
1. Fanny Welle-strand Horn
NOR 0+0 0+0 1:11:45.1
1. Synnoeve Solemdal
NOR 0+1 0+2 1:11:45.1
1. Hilde Fenne
NOR 0+1 0+0 1:11:45.1
1. Tora Berger
NOR 0+0 0+1 1:11:45.1
2. Vita Semerenko
UKR 0+0 0+1 1:12:15.5
2. Valj Semerenko
UKR 0+0 0+3 1:12:15.5
2. Juliya Dzhyma
UKR 0+0 0+0 1:12:15.5
2. Olena Pidhrushna
UKR 0+0 0+0 1:12:15.5
3. Ekaterina Glazyrina
RUS 0+0 0+0 1:12:30.5
3. Olga Zaitseva
RUS 0+0 0+0 1:12:30.5
3. Ekaterina Shumilova
RUS 0+0 0+3 1:12:30.5
3. Olga Vilukhina
RUS 0+1 0+0 1:12:30.5
4. Tina Bachmann
GER 0+0 0+2 1:12:39.2
4. Gössner Miriam
GER 0+0 1+3 1:12:39.2
4. Nadine Horchler
GER 0+0 0+1 1:12:39.2
4. Andrea Henkel
GER 0+0 0+1 1:12:39.2