Czech Republic beats France, Belarus to win women's 4x6-kilometre World Cup biathlon relay

OBERHOF, Germany - The Czech Republic won a women's World Cup biathlon relay on Wednesday, with host Germany finishing 10th.

Eva Puskarcikova, Gabriela Soukalova, Jitka Landova and Veronika Vitkova missed only seven targets and avoided any penalty rounds before winning the 4x6-kilometre race in 1 hour, 16 minutes, 56 seconds.

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France was second, 8.9 seconds behind, with eight missed targets between Marine Bolliet, Marie Dorin Habert, Justine Braisaz and Anais Bescond. The Belarus team led by three-time Olympic gold medallist Darya Domracheva was third, 1:06.8 behind. Nadzeya Pisareva had to complete one penalty round for Belarus.

Germany got off to a bad start when Luise Kummer missed three targets and had to undergo a penalty lap. The hosts finished 3:31.0 behind.

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