Norwegian men's relay won despite bad weather
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For a long time it was not clear, whether the 7.5 km men's relay at the Biathlon World Cup in Obersdorf could take place due to heavy rain, storm and fog. In the end the organisers start the race and the athletes had to deal with the cold and bad weather conditions. There were no less than four crashes during the first leg. Nevertheless the Norwegian team had a successful race not least to the experience of Johannes Thinges Bö and Ole Einar Bjoerndalen. Bö took over the race in fourth position and was quickly cleaning prone and gained the lead. In standing he had to go in the penalty loop like his rivals. Thanks to an excellent endurance, he could extend the lead to 57 seconds and handed over to Ole Einar Björndalen. At this point of the race the only true competitors were the teams from Germany, Russia and France. The fifth-placed Swiss had a disadvantage of over three minutes. Bjoerndalen had to give in to the Russian on the last few hundred meters, but safely brought the Norwegian team home with the second rank.