Biathlon

Isaac Owusu - Saturday Feb. 22, 2014 12:08 ET

Russia wins men's 4x7.5 km relay

Canada finishes in 7th place

Russian Biathletes
From left : gold medalists Russia's Anton Shipulin, Alexey Volkov, Evgeny Ustyugov and Dmitry Malyshko celebrate their win in the Men's Biathlon 4x7.5 km Relay (PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia added another gold medal to its haul on Saturday with a gold the men's 4 x 7.5-kilometre relay in Sochi on Saturday. It is now ranked first on the medal table, with 11 gold, 10 silver and eight bronze.

Germany finished second with a time of 1:12:19.4 and no shooting errors, while Austria was third in 1:12:45.7 and no shooting errors.

Alexey Volkov, Dmitry Malyshko, Anton Shipulin and Evgeny Ustyugov boasted a time of 1:12:19.4, without any shooting errors to get the Russia's first biathlon before the home-crowd.

Norway, who was favoured to win, finished fourth. 

Norway were in control at the halfway mark but dropped out of contention after multiple medallist Ole Einar Bjoerndalen lost time on the skis and Emil Hegle Svendsen faltered at the final shooting stage.

Norway had won all the world championship 4x7.5 men's relays since taking the title at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.

Canada's team of biathletes, featuring Scott Perras, Brendan Green, Jean-Philippe le Guellec and Nathan Smith, finished seventh with a time of 1:13:46.2 and one shooting error.

This was Russia's first medal in biathlon of the Sochi Games.

With files from Reuters

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