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Monday, 18 February, 2002, 21:43 GMT
More German joy at Games
Germany's ski jumpers
Germany's ski jumpers clinch gold by a whisker
Click here for medals results on day 11

The German women's biathlon team have managed to live up to pre-race expectations by winning the 4x7.5 km relay event.

The team, anchored by Kati Wilhelm, overcame a shakey start with impeccable shooting in the final half of the race to defend the title they won in Nagano in 1998.

They covered the distance in one hour, 27 minutes, 55 seconds, 30.6 seconds ahead of Norway in second, while Russia narrowly beat Bulgaria for bronze.

It was Germany's second team medal of the day, having won the K120 ski jumping event earlier on.

Germany edged Finland by one-tenth of a point in the closest team jumping competition in Olympic history.

Day 11's events
Biathlon: women's 4x7.5km relay
Curling: women's preliminaries draw 11 and 12, men's preliminaries draw 12
Figure Skating: dance free
Freestyle Skiing: women's aerials finals
Ice Hockey: men's final round Belarus v US, Russia v Finland, Czech Republic v Canada
Ski Jumping: men's K120 team final
They finished with 974.1 points to leave the Finns in silver position with 974.0.

Slovenia, appearing in only its third Olympics as an independent nation, won bronze with 946.3 points for its first medal of the Salt Lake City Games.

Martin Schmitt was the second-to-last jumper in the field and went 123.5 metres on his second jump of the final round.

The judges gave him 121.3 points - just enough to give Germany the gold.

France's Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat led for three days in succession to win the Olympic ice dance competition at the Salt Lake Center.

Irina Lobacheva and Ilia Averbukh of Russia took silver while the Italian pair of Barbara Fusar-Poli and Maurizio Margaglio took bronze. Alisa Camplin ensured more gold medal joy for Australia with her triumph in the women's freestyle ariels.

Just two days after speed skater Steven Bradbury's fortunate victory in the short track 1,000m, Camplin notched up Australia's second ever gold medal at the Winter Games.

Alisa Camplin
Camplin caused a sensation in the aerials event on Monday
But she managed to win in slightly more conventional circumstances, scoring 193.74 to beat Canada's Veronica Brenner and compatriot Deidra Dionne

Medal results on day 11

Ski jumping: K120 team: 1. Germany (974.1 points), 2. Finland (974.0), 3. Slovenia (946.3)

Women's freestyle ariels: 1. 1. Alisa Camplin (Aus), 2. Veronica Brenner (Can), 3. Deidra Dionne (Can)

Women's biathlon 4x7.5km relay: 1. Germany, 2. Norway, 3. Russia

Ice dance competition: 1. Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat (Fra) 2. Irina Lobacheva and Ilia Averbukh (Rus) 3. Barbara Fusar-Poli and Maurizio Margaglio (Ita) Back to top

See also:

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Schmitt helps Hannawald to gold
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Camplin doubles Aussie joy
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Germans defend relay title
18 Feb 02 | Skating
Skating set for radical change
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Germany's golden leap

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