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Sochi 2014: Ukraine stun Russia in biathlon


Sochi 2014: Ukraine stun Russia in biathlon


Ukraine produced a stunning performance to clinch the women’s 4×6-kilometer biathlon relay on Friday, their first gold medal at the Sochi Games.

Powered by twin sisters Vita and Valj Semerenko, the quartet missed five targets but avoided penalty loops to clock a winning time of 1 hour, 10 minutes, 2.5 seconds.

The silver medal went to Russia’s quartet of Olga Zaitseva, Yekaterina Shumilova, Yana Romanova and Olga Vilukhina after they crossed the finish-line 26.4 seconds off the pace while Norway completed the podium.

Elsewhere, Marielle Thompson and Kelsey Serwa kept their composure to win gold and silver for Canada in the women’s skicross event.

The pair pulled ahead early in the final and never looked back, en route to a convincing 1-2 finish.

Sweden’s Anna Holmund produced a solid run but wasn’t able to trouble the leaders and eventually had to settle for third place with France’s Ophelie David just missing out on a podium finish.

German skier Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle and Italian bobsledder William Frullani have been kicked out of the Sochi Games after testing positive for banned substances.

Frullani was expelled from the Italian team and the International Olympic Committee has allowed Italy to replace him on the four-man team with reserve Samuele Romanini.

America’s Mikaela Shiffrin held her nerve to claim the women’s slalom, becoming the youngest ever Olympic champion in the discipline.

The 18-year-old outclassed Austria’s Marlies Schild with compatriot Kathrin Zettel settling for bronze.

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