Biathlon - Neuner's Germany storm to relay title

Magdalena Neuner’s ambition of winning six medals at her last-ever IBU Biathlon World Championships may have faded but she can still win five after Germany claimed 4x6km relay gold.

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Magdalena Neuner from Germany competes during the women's 15 km individual race at the Biathlon World Championships in Ruhpolding March 7, 2012

Neuner saw her ambitions of winning a medal in every women’s event on home soil in Ruhpolding end in the 15km individual on Wednesday as she struggled to 23rd overall.

That came after bronze in the mixed relay, gold in the 7.5km sprint and silver in the 10km pursuit and in the relay the 25-year-old made certain a return to the podium – and the top of it at that.

Taking on the second leg after Tina Bachmann took on the first, Neuner handed over to Miriam Gossner who set up Andrea Henkel perfectly as she ensured Germany won the 4x6km relay.

Henkel even had the chance to celebrate with the German flag well before crossing the finishing line as they celebrated their second gold medal in Ruhpolding after Neuner’s efforts in the 7.5km sprint.

The German quartet clocked a winning time of 1:09:33.0hours nearly 30 seconds ahead of the French team who took silver while Norway, anchored by Tora Berger, claimed bronze.

Neuner will have a chance to make it five medals from a possible six with the women’s 12.5km mass start set to bring proceedings in Germany to a close on Sunday.

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