Czech Republic kick off World Biathlon Championships with mixed relay gold
The Czech Republic ushered in the 2015 World Biathlon Championships in style as they stormed to mixed relay gold in Kontiolahti, Finland.
Soft deep snow and temperatures above freezing greeted the 26 teams that started the mixed relay on day one of the World Championships.
But despite the tricky conditions a Czech quartet of Veronika Vitkova, Gabriela Soukalova, Michal Slesingr and Ondrej Moravec didn't let that stop them as they came home first in 1:20:27.2 hours.
Belarus lead by 11 seconds heading into the final leg but Yuryi Liadov used three spare rounds on the final shoot as they missed out on a podium.
Finishing second was France as Martin Fourcade led them home, 20.2 seconds behind the Czech Republic having also used eight spare rounds.
And the bronze medal was taken by Norway as they finished 27.7 seconds behind the winners with one penalty and three spares.
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