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    Sunday, January 11, 1998

    Canada's biathlon relay team misses Olympic berth

     RUHPOLDING, Germany (CP) -- Canada missed a chance to qualify a men's biathlon relay team for the Olympics when a quartet of Canadians failed to finish a 4x7.5 kilometre race on Sunday.
     Frode Andresen won his second World Cup event in as many days by helping the Norwegian men win the relay event in one hour 23 minutes 53.8 seconds. Andresen won a 10-kilometre individual event on Saturday.
     Germany was second in 1:24:03.7 while Russia came third in 1:24:15.4.
     Jean Paquet of Loretteville, Que., Steve Cyr of Val-Belair, Que., Kevin Quintilio of Hinton, Alta., and Eric Jensen of Regina did not finish the race.
     So far three Canadian men have met the Olympic qualification standard for biathlon: Cyr, Quintilio and Tony Fiala of Quesnel, B.C. Sunday was Canada's last chance to qualify a men's relay team for the Games.
     In the women's 7.5 kilometre relay, Olympic champions Russia won a close battle with Germany, claiming victory in 1:38:15.2. Germany was timed in 1:38:25.4, while Norway was third in 1:39:10.1.
     Canada did not race because double Olympic champion Myriam Bedard of Loretteville is ill with the flu. The Canadian women have qualified a full team for the Olympics.
     The official Olympic team will be announced this week by Biathlon Canada.
     World Cup Biathlon Results
     RUHPOLDING, Germany (AP) -- Results Sunday of a biathlon World Cup meet:
     4x7.5km Relay
     1. Norway (Egil Gjelland, Frode Andresen, Dag Bjoerndalen, Ole Einr Bjoerndalen), one hour, 23 minutes, 53.8 seconds.
     2. Germany (Ricco Gross, Jan Wuestenfeld, Sven Fischer, Frank Luck), 1:24:03.7.
     3. Russia (Sergei Roykov, Pavel Vavilov, Pavel Rostovtsev, Alexei Kobelev) 1:24:15.4.
     4. Italy, 1:25:11.2.
     5. Austria, 1:25:46.2.
     6. Czech Republic, 1:26:12.2.
     7. France, 1:27:30.2 (1 penalty lap).
     8. Sweden, 1:27.46.9.
     9. Ukraine, 1:28:39.2 (1).
     10. Slovenia, 1:28:46.3 (1).
     16. United States (Jay Hakkinen, Kasilof, Alaska; Dan Westover, Colchester, Vt.; Andy Erickson, Minnetonka, Minn.; Bob Rosser, Jericho, Vt.), 1:33:27.1 (3).
     4x7.5km Relay
     1. Russia (Olga Melnik, Galina Kukleva, Nadezhda Talanova, Albina Achatova), 1:38:15.2.
     2. Germany (Uschi Disl, Martina Zellner, Katrin Apel, Petra Behle), 1:38:25.4.
     3. Norway (Ann Elen Skjelbreid, Annette Sikveland, Gunn Margit Andreassen, Liv Grete Skjelbreid), 1:39:10.1.
     4. France, 1:41:21.5 (1).
     5. Ukraine, 1:42:27.8 (1).
     6. Czech Republic, 1:43:01.7
     7. Sweden, 1:43:33.8
     8. Kazakstan, 1:44:37.8 (1).
     9. Italy, 1:45:04.0 (1).
     10. United States (Debbie Nordyke, Bend, Ore.; Stacey Wooley, Lebanon, N.H.; Kara Hermanson- Salmela, Elk River, Minn.; Kristina Viljanen-Sabasteanski, Milford, N.H.), 1:45:35.9.
     Canada, did not start.