Dahlmeier takes Germany to victory at biathlon WCup

Germany's Laura Dahlmeier prepares for shooting during the women's 4x6 km relay competition at the biathlon World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Susan Dunklee of the U.S. (23) prepares for shooting during the women's 4x6 km relay competition at the biathlon World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Third placed team Sweden with Linn Persson, from left, Mona Brorsson, Anna Magnusson and Hanna Oeberg celebrate after the women's 4x6 km relay competition at the biathlon World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Second placed team Italy with Lisa Vittozzi, from left, Dorothea Wierer, Nicole Gontier and Federica Sanfilippo celebrate after the women's 4x6 km relay competition at the biathlon World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Sweden's Hanna Oeberg leaves the shooting range during the women's 4x6 km relay competition at the biathlon World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Winner Germany's Laura Dahlmeier, from left, Franziska Hildebrand, Denise Herrmann and Franziska Preuss celebrate after winning the women's 4x6 km relay competition at the biathlon World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Athletes start the women's 4x6 km relay competition at the biathlon World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Italy's Nicole Gontier prepares for shooting during the women's 4x6 km relay competition at the biathlon World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Sweden's Hanna Oeberg leaves the shooting range during the women's 4x6 km relay competition at the biathlon World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

RUHPOLDING, Germany — Laura Dahlmeier took Germany to victory in the women's 4x6-kilometer relay at a biathlon World Cup on Saturday.

Germany was fourth and 24.4 seconds behind Switzerland when Dahlmeier started but she made her move with around 600 meters to go and overtook Italy's Federica Sanfilippo to seal the win.

The German team of Franziska Preuss, Denise Herrmann, Franziska Hildebrand and Dahlmeier completed the Ruhpolding course in 1 hour, 8 minutes, 47.0 seconds with nine spare rounds altogether.

Germany beat Italy's team of Lisa Vittozzi, Dorothea Wierer, Nicole Gontier and Sanfilippo by 2.9 seconds. Gontier missed three targets but her teammates all shot cleanly.

Hanna Oeberg held on for Sweden to finish third, 17.2 behind Germany with five missed targets, ahead of Norway and Poland.

Men and women's mass start races were scheduled for Sunday.

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