Norway overcame two penalties Sunday (Feb. 22) to win the men’s relay and cap a remarkable biathlon world championships.
Three-time world champion Ole Einar Bjørndalen of Norway joined with Emil Hegle Svendsen, Lars Berger and Halvard Hanevold to cross the finish line in 1 hour, 8 minutes, 4.12 seconds in the biathlon relay. The Norwegians men won race 12.6 sconds ahead of Austria and 32.7 seconds ahead of Germany.
“That was fantastic, a real thriller,” Bjørndalen said to the Canadian Press.
This was Norway’s fourth relay gold in World Championship history. Norway now top the medal table of this year with four golds and eight in total.
In the women’s mass start, Olga Zaitseva of Russia won while favourite Kati Wilhelm of Germany finished last on the final day of competition.