Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 29 August 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 29 August 2014

Read more

ENCORE!

Alain Choquette: A Hilarious Magician in Paris

Read more

FOCUS

France welcomes Iraqi Christian refugees

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Emmanuel Macron: A new economy minister with a pro-business agenda

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

More of this year's best Observers stories

Read more

#TECH 24

Changing the world, one video game at a time

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Socialist Party summer conference kicks off in explosive atmosphere

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Canada and Russia exchange snarky tweets

Read more

  • Exclusive: Fabius warns of further sanctions against Russia

    Read more

  • British killer escapes from French psychiatric hospital

    Read more

  • First case of Ebola confirmed in Senegal

    Read more

  • Police hunt for British boy with brain tumour taken to France

    Read more

  • Ukraine to relaunch NATO membership bid

    Read more

  • France shines in IMF list of world’s promising economists

    Read more

  • Mapping Ukraine: Canada and Russia in ‘tweet for tat’ row

    Read more

  • Obama has 'no strategy yet' on potential Syria strikes

    Read more

  • Netflix to woo French with ‘House of Cards’ set in Marseille

    Read more

  • French businesses ‘hoping for a new Thatcher’

    Read more

  • Syrian refugees surpass 3 million, UN says

    Read more

  • West backs Ukrainian claims of Russian incursion

    Read more

  • Libyan PM resigns as Islamists set up rival administration

    Read more

  • UN says 43 peacekeepers captured in Golan Heights

    Read more

  • The deleted tweets of Manuel Valls

    Read more

  • Peru seizes record 6.5 tonnes of Europe-bound cocaine

    Read more

  • Pakistan army to mediate between PM, protesters

    Read more

  • PSG face Barcelona, Ajax in tough Champions League draw

    Read more

  • In pictures: Billions of locusts invade Madagascan capital

    Read more

  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie say ‘I do’ in France

    Read more

Sport

Russia retains women's biathlon relay gold, France grabs silver

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-02-23

Russia has retained its biathlon gold medal at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, with France coming in second and Germany winning bronze.

AFP - Russia won the women's relay biathlon gold medal on Tuesday ahead of second-placed France while Germany - minus star performer Magdalena Neuner - finished with bronze.
  
The Russian team's winning time was 1hr 9min 36.3sec as France's Sandrine Bailly produced a brilliant effort on the final leg to beat Germany to the silver as the French finished at one hour 10min 09.1sec.
  
The Germans were minus starlet Neuner, who leaves Vancouver with two golds and a silver, and finished at 1hr 10min 13.4sec having been in gold-medal contention throughout.
  
Having won Sunday's mass start, Neuner announced she would not be bidding for a third gold and fourth Olympic medal in the relay due to mental fatigue and the desire to see one of her team-mates win a medal.
  
But with the French quartet all skiing well, Germany missed Neuner's cross-country skills as one of the fastest skiers in biathlon in the eventual battle for silver.
  
The decisive third leg saw Russia's Olga Medvedtseva produce a devastating display of cross-country skiing to leave her team with a 44.8sec lead over the Germans.
  
When team-mate Olga Zaitseva, who won silver in Sunday's mass start, shot well on the standing section at the shooting range on the final leg, the Russians had the gold in the bag.
  
Although France's Marie Dorin missed two shots on the third leg which earned her two penalty laps, her skiing kept France in touch and Bailly powered past Germany's Andrea Henkel on the final leg to give her country the silver.

Date created : 2010-02-23

COMMENT(S)