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Precise shooting guides Italians to relay victory

Precise shooting guides Italians to relay victory
By Sportsbeat

16/12/2018 at 12:26Updated 16/12/2018 at 12:33

Precise shooting guided Italy to victory in the women's 4x6km relay at the biathlon World Cup in Austria.

Clean rounds from Dorothea Wierer and Federica Sanfilippo as well as minimal penalties from Lisa Vittozzi (one) and Alex Runggaldier (two) saw them finish clear of the field.

It meant the Italians crossed the line 8.4 seconds clear of their nearest rivals Sweden as they finished top of the podium in Hochfilzen.

The Olympic silver medallists had to settle for the runners up spot after the eight penalties between Linn Persson, Mona Brorsson, Emma Nilsson and Hanna Oeberg proved costly.

France rounded off the podium as they came just 3.4 seconds further back, with nine penalties between their quartet.

The top three finished more than 30 seconds clear of fourth-placed Russia, with Olympic champions Belarus in fifth and Norway in sixth.

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