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Russia wins men's relay for 1st biathalon gold in Sochi

Russia's Anton Shipulin celebrates on the finish straight

Russia's Anton Shipulin celebrates on the finish straight as Russia wins the gold during the men's biathlon 4x7.5K relay at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Credit: AP / Kirsty Wigglesworth

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Russia won gold in the men's 4x7.5-kilometer relay on Saturday, the final biathlon event of the Sochi Olympics.

Anchor Anton Shipulin beat Germany's Simon Schempp on the final lap to give the host nation its first biathlon gold of the Games.

Russia missed eight targets before finishing in 1 hour, 12 minutes and 15.9 seconds. Shipulin was 3.5 seconds in front of Germany and 29.8 ahead of third place Austria.

Defending champion Norway led for most of the competition but dropped to fourth after anchor Emil Hegle Svendsen missed three targets in his final shooting, denying teammate Ole Einar Bjoerndalen the chance of winning a record ninth career Olympic gold medal.

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