Norway wins 2nd straight men's biathlon World Cup relay, Germany takes windy women's event

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ANTERSELVA, Italy — Norway won a second successive men's biathlon World Cup relay on Sunday, while Germany triumphed in the women's event in tough conditions.

The Norwegian team of Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, Tarjei Boe, Johannes Thingnes Boe, and Emil Hegle Svendsen clocked 1 hour, 15 minutes, 36.7 seconds over the 4x7.5-kilometer course.

The foursome used five spare rounds on a windy day, which saw hardly anyone shoot cleanly.

Germany was second with seven spare rounds, 16.4 seconds back, while France claimed third, also with five spare rounds but 42 seconds slower.

The wind was even worse for the women's 4x6-kilometer event.

Franziska Hildebrand, Franziska Preuss, Luise Kummer and Laura Dahlmeier won with two penalties and 10 spare rounds in a time of 1:18:47.9.

The Czech Republic was 35 seconds behind with 10 spares. Ukraine was 45.3 slower, with one penalty and nine spares.

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