Norway wins men's relay gold at biathlon worlds

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RUHPOLDING, Germany (AP) -- Emil Hegle Svendsen anchored Norway to the gold medal in the relay at the biathlon world championships on Friday.

Svendsen shot cleanly to power past Martin Fourcade of France and finished 29.7 seconds ahead of the silver medalist. Norway covered the 4x7.5 kilometers in 1 hour, 17 minutes, 26.8 seconds.

Germany took the bronze medal 53 seconds behind Norway.

Six-time Olympic champion Ole Einar Bjoerndalen raced the opening leg for Norway. The 38-year-old all-time great now has 18 gold medals from the annual world championships.