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Russian Women Dominate Biathlon World Cup Relay

27. January 2011 by Christy 0 Comments

Russian women biathletes, Svetlana Sleptsova, Anna Bogaliy-Titivets, Natala Guseva, and Olga Zaitzeva dominated a women’s biathlon World Cup relay in Italy on Saturday, taking home the gold in the 4x6 km course and triumphing over their long-time Swedish rivals.


With a time of one hour, 11 minutes and 14.7 seconds, Russia beat the second place Sweden by nearly a minute. Germany came in third, two minutes and 20.1 seconds behind Russia.


"We all are very happy now, and we do hope that our fans have already appreciated our drive for victory," Sleptsova said. "We would like to thank them for their support, which added significantly to our triumph. I did everything I could to help Anya, Natasha, and Olya to get the better of Swedish rivals.”


Russia’s women biathletes have a history of success in the 4x6 km relay. Zaitzeva, Sleptsova, and Bogaliy-Titivets won gold in the event at last year’s Turin Olympic Games (Guseva wasn’t a member of the team then), while Zaitzeva also took home a silver medal in the women’s 12.5 km mass start.


In other news, Russia’s Anton Shipulin won a bronze medal and gold medal in the 15 km mass start and the 10 km sprint respectively.


The Russian biathletes, men and women, are expected to perform well at the 2011 World Championships in Khanty-Mansiysk this March.


Source: The Voice of Russia