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Sweden overcome foggy competitions to win Oberhof men's relay

Sweden overcome foggy competitions to win Oberhof men's relay
By Sportsbeat

08/01/2018 at 04:21Updated 08/01/2018 at 05:14

Sweden moved up to second in the World Cup standings after victory in the Oberhof men's relay as leaders Norway could only manage third.

The Swedish quartet of Martin Ponsiluoma, Jesper Nelin, Sebastian Samuelsson and Fredrik Lindstroem won in foggy conditions that made for tricky shooting, with Italy coming home second.

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And it was their accuracy with the gun that was the basis of their victory, with just ten faults to second-placed Italy's 13 and the Norwegians' 17.

The Swedes comfortably raced to victory in a time of 1:19:44.1, more than a minute ahead of Italy with Norway coming home more than two minutes back.

Russia led into the first exchange following a strong opening leg from Alexey Volkov, before Belgium impressed in the second stage to lead by 0.6s at the half way stage.

It was Samuelsson's clean third round – with one spare – that put the Swedes into second place at the final changeover.

And Lindstroem then went clean over both prone and standing to race into the lead as Thierry Chenal picked up a penalty in the final leg to drop Italy into second.

The win leaves Sweden second in the World Cup standings, just five points behind Norway who lead on 108.

Italy sit third on 94, with Germany and France just two and six points further back, respectively.