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For the first time in seven years, the Russian women’s biathlon team won the relay race at the World Cup

The last victory in the relay was only in 2012, ibid, in Oberhof.

Evgenia Pavlova, Margarita Vasilyeva, Larisa Kuklina, Ekaterina Yurlova-Perkht. Photo by Denis Kostyuchenko, RIA Novosti
Evgenia Pavlova, Margarita Vasilyeva, Larisa Kuklina, Ekaterina Yurlova-Perkht. Photo by Denis Kostyuchenko, RIA Novosti

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]
Evgenia Pavlova
from MATCH-TV interview

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]
Margarita Vasilyeva
from interview Match TV

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]
Larisa Kuklina
from interview Match TV

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]
Ekaterina Yurlova-Perht
relay four finisher

Photo by Denis Kostyuchenko, RIA Novosti
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Victory is not obtained without luck, what can we say. Today, our main rivals are shot. But honor and praise to our girls, they shot great. Cope with shooting in such difficult weather conditions is worth a lot. The reward was the victory in the relay. The most important thing is that they embodied this idea of ​​the coach: composure at the firing line.[/perfectpullquote]
Dmitry Vasilyev
Two-time Olympic champion, head of the regional department of the RRF in St. Petersburg
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]The second four came running from Germany to the finish, 33.5 seconds back (2 penalties and 10 additional rounds). The third were athletes from the Czech national team, with a lag of 36.7 seconds from Russia (1 penalty circle and 6 additional rounds).[/perfectpullquote] [perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]For the Russian women’s biathlon team, this is the first victory in 7 years in relay competitions since 2012. Then the relay was won by the four with the lineup: Anna Bogaliy-Titovets, Svetlana Sleptsova, Olga Zaitseva and Olga Vilukhina. And the first relay podium for 3 years. In 2016, Russians went up to third place at the January World Cup stage in Antholz.[/perfectpullquote]
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