March 12, 2016

OSLO, Norway (AP) Norway won the men's 4x7.5-kilometer relay Saturday ahead of Germany and Canada, a day after its women's team was also victorious in the relay at the biathlon world championships.

The team of Ole Einar Bjorndalen, Tarjei Bo, Johannes Thingnes Bo and Emil Hegle Svendsen was timed in 1 hour, 13 minutes, 16.8 seconds, hitting all 20 targets, with six spare rounds.

Norway won a men's worlds relay for the 8th time.

Title-defending Germany's quartet of Erik Lesser, Benedikt Doll, Arnd Peiffer and Simon Schempp lost by 11.5 seconds with five spares.

Canada scored an upset with a bronze medal. Christian Gow, Nathan Smith, Scott Gow and Brendan Green finished 23.4 seconds behind the winner with five spares for its first relay medal at biathlon worlds.

Austria was fourth and the Czech Republic fifth, followed by Russia, Sweden and the United States.

France, a favorite, did not get into the race, suffering from mediocre shooting and finishing ninth with 10 spares. Switzerland was 10th.

Norway controlled the race after Johannes' third leg where the Norwegian upped the lead to 29.4 seconds at the final change, handing over to Svendsen, who was greeted by an excited crowd at the end.

''There is a short way from heaven to hell in the biathlon,'' Svendsen said. ''But this was indescribably great.''

The worlds end Sunday with the mass starts.

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