BULGARIA SIX SECONDS AWAY FROM BRONZE IN WOMEN'S BIATHLON RELAY

Sports | February 18, 2002, Monday // 00:00

Russia just pipped the Bulgarian women's biathlon team to bronze in the 4x7.5 km relay on Monday, leaving them fourth. The formidable German team recovered from a shaky start to ski away with gold and successfully defend their Olympic title. It took just one hour, 27 minutes and 55 seconds for Katrin Apel, Uschi Disl, Andrea Henkel and Kati Wilhelm to put Germany back on top of the medals tally ahead of Norway as they took out the Biathlon 4x7.5km relay, finishing 30.6s ahead of their Norwegian counterparts in second.

Following are the results:

1, Germany (Katrin Apel; Uschi Disl; Andrea Henkel; Kati Wilhelm), 1 houre, 27 minute, 55.0 seconds.

2, Norway (Ann Elen Skjelbreid; Linda Tjoerhom; Gunn Margit Andreassen; Liv Grete Poiree), 1:28:25.6.

3, Russia (Olga Pyleva; Galina Koukleva; Svetlana Ishmouratova; Albina Akhatova), 1:29:19.7.

4, Bulgaria (Pavlina Filipova; Irina Nikoultchina; Iva Karagiozova; Ekaterina Dafovska), 1:29:25.8.

5, Slovakia (Martina Jasicova; Anna Murinova; Marcela Pavkovcekova; Sona Mihokova), 1:30:11.5.

6, Slovenia (Lucija Larisi; Andreya Grasic; Dijana Grudicek; Tadeja Brankovic), 1:30:18.0.

7, Belarus (Olga Nazarova; Lyudmila Lysenko; Evgenia Kutsepalova; Elena Khrustaleva), 1:31:01.6.

8, Czech Republic (Katerina Losmanova; Magda Rezlerova; Irena Cesnekova; Eva Hakova), 1:31:07.6.

9, France (Delphyne Burlet; Florence Baverel-Robert; Sandrine Bailly; Corinne Niogret), 1:31:09.3.

10, Ukraine (Olena Zubrilova; Olena Petrova; Nina Lemesh; Tetyana Vodopyanova), 1:32:00.6.

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