Russia beats Norway in rain and fog to win men's relay at biathlon World Cup meet

OBERHOF, Germany - Anton Shipulin pulled away from eight-time Olympic champion Ole Einar Bjoerndalen on Thursday to give Russia the win in a biathlon World Cup men's relay that was in danger of being called off because of rain and fog.

Evgeniy Garanichev, Timofey Lapshin, Dmitry Malyshko and Shipulin missed 12 targets and completed one penalty round before completing the 4x7.5 kilometre race in 1 hour, 15 minutes, 24.1 seconds.

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Shipulin overtook Bjoerndalen on the final leg to leave Norway 2.3 seconds behind.

Bjoerndalen and teammates Vetle Sjastad Christiansen, Alexander Os and Johannes Thingnes Boe had 10 missed targets and one penalty round.

France finished 1 minute, 32.3 seconds back in third, while Germany was fourth.

The race had been delayed 30 minutes due to the adverse conditions.

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