Russia won the single mixed relay biathlon competition at the 2019 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk on Saturday, beating the Czech Republic and France into first place.

Russian single mixed relay gold medallist Valeria Vasnetsova said that "it was very hard to aim," after winning the biathlon competition at the 2019 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk on Saturday, beating the Czech Republic and France into first place.

"According to our tactics, I had to stand behind someone while shooting," she said.

"I had to shoot not the first target, because the wind was blowing very hard from the wall, and it was very difficult to find the right shot," Vasnetsova added.

French single mixed relay bronze medallist Marine Challamel said at the post-competition press-conference that "it was my first single mixed relay, so I was a little bit stressed before the start, but [in the] finale I don’t shoot very well."

The Czech Republic single mixed relay silver medallist David Tolar described how he liked the competition and the centre of Krasnoyarsk — "I was surprised with the centre, and it was beautiful. We could see the Christmas tree so I was happy."

Single Mixed Relay is a fast-paced format of competition that has teams of one woman and one man per country competing over a total distance of 6 km for the first starter and 7.5 km for the second with four shooting stages each.

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