German team seal third Biathlon relay win of the season

German team seal third Biathlon relay win of the season
By Sportsbeat

22/01/2017 at 20:27Updated 22/01/2017 at 20:36

Germany's Vanessa Hinz, Maren Hammerschmidt, Franziska Hildebrand and Laura Dahlmeier took their third Biathlon relay win by 24.2 seconds over France.

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The German team had 12 spare rounds and finished the 4x6km relay in 1:09:12.2 with France beating Italy into second place in Antholz.

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France's Anais Chevalier had given her team the lead after the first leg, 0.4seconds ahead of the Germans at the first exchange.

But Hammerschmidt had a near-perfect shooting range and put Germany ahead by the second handover.

And despite some issues on the range for Hildebrand and Dahlmeier, the latter was able to pick up a German flag before crossing the line victorious.

"My shape was very good today, I felt very good also on my skis," said Hammerschmidt.

While Dahlmeier added: "I ski much better than some days before. On the shooting range I have to be more focused. I have to shoot clean next time."