Fourcade helps France win biathlon World Cup relay

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Associated Press

Posted on January 20, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Updated Sunday, Jan 20 at 11:06 AM

ANTERSELVA, Italy (AP) — Martin Fourcade anchored France to a second consecutive relay victory in the biathlon World Cup on Sunday.

France completed the 4x7.5-kilometer race in 1 hour, 13 minutes, 26 seconds — 10.1 seconds ahead of Russia, which was anchored by Dmitry Malyshko.

Fourcade had started two seconds ahead of Malyshko, but superb skiing in difficult conditions saw him extend that advantage despite missing four targets. Malyshko had two misses.

France's win prevented Russia's Anton Shipulin from emulating Fourcade's achievements in Germany last week and completing a sweep at Anterselva.

Austria was third, 1:18.5 behind France.

Germany won the women's race in 1:13:02.1, beating Russia by 17.4 seconds. France was third, 40.9 seconds slower than the Germans.

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