- The Swiss mixed relay team of Sebastian Stalder, Niklas Hartwig, Lena Häke-Gross and Emmy Passerga has been on track for a medal at the World Championships in Nove Mesto for a long time, but in the end it has to settle for fourth place.
- Lena Häcki-Gross passes in second place, but final runner Amy Baserga falls behind in the wet conditions despite her excellent shooting performance.
- France won the gold medal ahead of Norway and Sweden.
In the end, the Swiss mixed relay team was just 1.2 seconds away from claiming its first ever medal at the Biathlon World Championships. Amy Baserga gave it her all on the greasy road in rainy Nove Mesto. But in the end, the woman from Schwyz was no match for Elvira Oberg in terms of running.
The Swede, who let Passerga pass after two spare laps on the final shot, made up her 11-second deficit in the final two kilometres. Sweden won the bronze medal, ahead of Switzerland.
Häcki-Gross rushes forward
The quartet of Sebastian Stalder, Niklas Hartwig, Lena Häke-Gross and Passerga remains proud of its performance. With only three failed attempts and not a single penalty, they were the nation's best on the shooting range. As for the running, with the exception of Häcki-Gross, all members of the Swiss relay race lost time to the best.
The Obwalden woman has absolutely lived up to her role as team leader. Just 6 seconds behind France, she handed over to Baserga in second place despite two spare rounds of standing shooting, after Stalder and Hartwig had previously been fourth during their exchanges.
France breaks Norwegian hegemony
After winning four World Championship titles in a row in the mixed relay, Norway had to settle for a single silver medal. This was guaranteed by France, which made the difference with the final runner-up, Julia Simon. Last season's World Cup winner remained flawless and extended her lead over Norway to 45 seconds by the end.
And this is how it continues
After a one-day break, the first individual competitions of the World Cup will be held. The women's speed race will be held on Friday and the men's race on Saturday, before both competitions are held on Sunday.
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