France end four-year drought with women's relay win

Marie Dorin Habert shot clean as she anchored France to a first women's biathlon relay victory in four years on Sunday.

Justine Braisaz, Anais Bescond, Anais Chevalier and Dorin Habert topped the 4x6-kilometres race in 1 hour 7 minutes 53.5 seconds, 17.2 seconds clear of the Czech Republic and 21.1 ahead of third-placed Russia.

France are the third team in as many races this season to win a women's relay, joining Italy and Ukraine.

Braisanz trailed in seventh place by almost half a minute but Bescond brought them back into second and Chevalier then handed Dorin Habert a 10-second lead into the final leg which proved decisive as she hit all 10 targets without reloading or a penalty lap.

France's last women's relay win came almost exactly four years ago at the same Anterselva venue on January 21, 2012, with Bescond and Dorin Habert also part of that team.

A men's 4x7.5km relay was scheduled for later Sunday.

Last update: Sun, 24/01/2016 - 14:55
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