The Finnish women’s biathlon team finished 17th in the fourth World Cup posting of the season.
Russia won the biathlon women’s world cup message competition in Italy. It defeated Germany, second in Anterselva by 4×6 kilometers, by 11 seconds.
Third was France just over 21 seconds from the winner.
Finland’s team Suvi Minkkinen, Mari Eder, Venla Lehtonen and Erika Jänkä finished 17th in the fourth World Cup posting of the season. Finland, which used a total of nine spare cartridges at eight shooting ranges, lost almost five and a half minutes to the winner.
Finland’s chances of a good investment went already in the opening leg, when Minkkinen sniffed the snow Dunja Zdoucin after falling in front of him, when Finland instantly fell 47 seconds from the tip.
Despite the adversity, Minkkinen fired without penalty rounds and survived with two spare cartridges. Eder used three of the second leg, Lehtonen two of the third leg and Jänkä anchor used two spare cartridges.
The competition was the women’s last in the World Cup before the World Championships starting in Pokljuka, Slovenia on 10 February.