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Biathlon world Cup in Ostersund : men take relay silver, women Fourth

The German biathletes have won at the world Championships in Östersund in the relay silver medal. Erik Lesser, Roman Rees, Arnd Peiffer and Benedikt Doll of spa

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Biathlon world Cup in Ostersund : men take relay silver, women Fourth

The German biathletes have won at the world Championships in Östersund in the relay silver medal. Erik Lesser, Roman Rees, Arnd Peiffer and Benedikt Doll of spare rounds required on Saturday eight and had to give up after 4 x 7.5 kilometers, only the victorious Norwegians beat. At the end of the German and 38.1 seconds behind the world champion, needed only six Extra cartridges. Bronze went to the Russians, the 1:04,1 minutes after the winner.

The last world Cup season title in the German 2015 brought in Kontiolahti. For the German men's Team, it was individual Gold by Peiffer, the second medal in Sweden.

For the women-season it went less well. Laura Dahlmeier already looked it over before your Start a bit of a stunned face. Because the German biathletes were in the world Cup season from Ostersund to half-distance, with a residue of more than one and a half minutes of seemingly futile. At the end of the seven-time world champion would have brought but almost Bronze. However, it is only 0.5 seconds were missing to the happy end.

What remained in as a large favorite inside traded Vanessa Hinz, Franziska Hildebrand, Denise Herrmann and final runner Dahlmeier as a thankless Fourth, was a big disappointment. For the title defense on Saturday, there was never a Chance. Thus, the German team took the inside for the first time in six years, no relay medal at a world championship.

"It is bitter, that it happens again at a major event. We left it at the shooting range. We wanted to show that we are one of the Best, we are not started without a reason with the number one,“ said pursuit world champion Herrmann. However, a year after the Olympic disgrace of Pyeongchang with space for eight, the four delivered inside with 14 Reloads, and a penalty lap from Hinz a weak performance with the rifle. Of the eight shoot-out between the Teams only Dahlmeier was able to win in their last stop of all five discs.

That it would have passed but almost to a medal, was due to the power of Herrmann in the trail, and the fighting spirit of Dahlmeier. The Ukrainian Valentina Semerenko was already on the target and was cheering just before the finish line coasting. "The Ukrainian was very safe and I have tried everything out to squeeze. I have had in the last meters of a brutal, good Speed, maybe would have even been three more meters passed and I would have been able to stretch out the foot of your past,“ said Dahlmeier after the exciting Finish.

Norway wins the women

Dramatically also the final sprint for the first place: Sweden's single-Olympic champion and world champion Hanna Öberg was clearly in the lead, but then fell at the last shoot Gold out of my Hand. The Norway won despite a penalty loop by Tiril Eckhoff in front of the world Cup hosts.

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The Germans had won in the occupation of the Östersund world Cup dress rehearsal in Canmore. And also when you Shoot, everything went almost perfectly. However, in the race for the medals is as good as nothing fits anymore. Especially for Hinz, and Hildebrand, in the previous individual race completely disappointed, was also the season of another low blow. "I wasn't me, it was a grotto bad shoot", rank Hinz explanations. (dpa)

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