The last victory in the relay was only in 2012, ibid, in Oberhof.
The Russian women’s biathlon team (Evgenia Pavlova, Margarita Vasilyeva, Larisa Kuklina, Ekaterina Yurlova-Perkht) won the 4x6km relay race at the World Cup stage in Oberhof, Germany. The female four managed the distance in 1 hour 18 minutes and 46.3 seconds using 8 additional rounds.
The Russian squad finder, Evgenia Pavlova, showed the best time on the last lap of the first stage of the relay.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]I thought I didn’t recover after yesterday’s race, because for some reason I sleep badly here. But the course felt good enough. Even on the first lap, when leaving the descent I thought: I’ll go first, let them follow me. It was comfortable. I wanted to go forward before the second shooting, get up close. But the gust of wind was so strong that it could not even overtake, I would have eaten. Then the shooting would be harder.[/perfectpullquote]
At the second stage, the Russian woman Margarita Vasilyeva collided with German Francis Hildebrand on the descent, which, together with the German, fell. The fall occurred without consequences for both athletes, the rifle and equipment were not injured. Because of the fall, they lost a little time, which they subsequently successfully won back.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]It was very difficult to collect thoughts after the fall. I’m starting to make mistakes in the technique, the trainers shouted to calm down. At the shooting calmed down and worked normally. After the fall, I was squeezed by the boot of the cuff – my leg got tired and prevented from pushing, getting on my leg.[/perfectpullquote]
For Larisa Kuklina, the relay race was the debut in her career at the World Cup stages.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]To be honest, worried that I could not cope with the shooting. Apparently, the coaches were counting on it, putting me on the baton, and I was afraid not to meet their expectations. But it’s good that everything turned out. Probably, my condition does not allow me to run so fast, I have to focus on shooting.[/perfectpullquote]
On the air of Match TV, Ekaterina Yurlova-Perkht thanked the fans for their support.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]This is my dream – to finish with the flag. Today we succeeded, and I am extremely happy for the team. The girls worked just phenomenal. There were no thoughts before the race, there was just a desire not to let the team down, to finish at the maximum. Everyone – thank you for supporting us.[/perfectpullquote]