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Sweden is number one in the women's relay after a break of almost ten years

Saturday was a perfect day of celebration for the Swedish biathletes, when the women's foursome celebrated the relay victory as a continuation of the victory in the men's competition. Sweden's women last won the Biathlon World Cup relay in January 2011. France was second and Germany third.

In the Swedish team, Johanna Skottheim, Mona Brorsson, Elvira Öberg and Hanna Öberg carried the relay.

- We have had a strong team for many years. Many times we have been candidates for relay victory, but someone has been a little bit better than us. This win today means a lot to us. This is yet another proof of how strong we are this year, Hanna Öberg, who started the season wonderfully, said on the IBU website.

It was Öberg's honor to seal the relay victory as an anchor after the other three Swedes had done their part in an exemplary fashion, to say the least.

- They gave me the perfect settings for the anchor part, Öberg thanked.

Finland was 14th in the relay with a team of Suvi Minkkinen, Mari Eder, Venla Lehtonen and Erika Jänkä.

- Overall, probably quite a reasonable performance from us. As a team, we can be quite satisfied that we stayed out of the penalty ring, Minkkinen said.

Venla Lehtonen enjoyed being able to compete again.

- As a whole, a balanced performance from myself and the team. The first two rounds were pretty good for me. The sleep was bad, I made two mistakes of my own. The vertical was really good, there was a well-rhythmic zero fire. It was nice to be able to show what you can do. With a bad round, the end was quite difficult, but overall you have to be satisfied, Lehtonen said.

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Photo: Manzoni/IBU