Sochi 2014: Ukraine win biathlon relay to claim first gold

(left to right) Valj Semerenko, Olena Pidhrushna, Juliya Dzhyma and Vita Semerenko of Ukraine

Ukraine won their first gold medal of the 2014 Winter Olympics with victory in the women's biathlon relay.

The team consisting of twins Vita and Valj Semerenko, Juliya Dzhyma and Olena Pidhrushna missed five targets but avoided penalty loops to finish in one hour, 10 minutes, 2.5 seconds.

Defending champions Russia came home 26.4 seconds later to take silver, while Norway collected bronze.

Russia had won the last two women's relays at the Olympics.

France, who claimed silver at Vancouver 2010, retired after Marie-Laure Brunet felt weak during her opening leg and was consequently taken to a medical unit.

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