Olga Zaitseva, Ekaterina Glazyrina, Olga Vilukhina, Irina Starykh (RUS) (l-r)
Franziska Hildebrand, Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, Laura Dahlmeier, Franziska Preuß (GER) (l-r)
Tiril Eckhoff, Tora Berger, Ann Kristin Flatland, Synnoeve Solemdal (NOR) (l-r)
RUSSIAN BIATHLETES WIN WOMEN'S RELAY IN RUHPOLDING
Ekaterina Glazyrina (RUS, Fischer), Olga Zaitseva (RUS), Irina Starykh (RUS) and Olga Vilukhina (RUS, Fischer) succeeded in women's relay at biathlon World Cup in Ruhpolding. Second went to team Germany ahead of team Norway.
Vilukhina saves the victory
An exciting relay race ended with a victory for women's relay. The quartet carried out seven spare rounds but they shot considerably better than the Germans Franziska Preuß (GER, Fischer skis and boots), Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle (GER), Laura Dahlmeier (GER, Fischer skis and boots) and Franziska Hildebrand (GER) as well as the Norwegians Tiril Eckhoff (NOR, Fischer skis and boots), Ann Kristin Flatland (NOR), Synnøve Solemdal (NOR) and Tora Berger (NOR, Fischer skis, boots and poles) who finished second and third not far behind the winners. The German team dropped back after one penalty by Franziska Preuß, Norwegians first skier Tiril Eckhoff had to ski even two penalty loops. However both teams never gave up and came back to top. The decision for the victory was made at the last six kilometres between Olga Vilukhina and Hildebrand who replaced sick Andrea Henkel (GER, Fischer skis and boots) shortly before the start. Vilukhina gained a few seconds due to her fast prone skiing but in her standing stage she lost a few secondswith one spre round. In the final lap the Russian was the faster athlete and was even able to celebrate with the flag. Last skier Tora Berger showed a good catch-up but with each one spare round she was not able to fight for the victory. Fourth went to team Ukraine consisting of Juliya Dhzyma (UKR, Fischer skis and boots), Vita Semerenko (UKR, Fischer), Natalya Burdyga (UKR, Fischer skis and boots) and Valj Semerenko (UKR, Fischer).