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    The World Skiing Biathlon Championships have been won by East Germany at Ruhpolding in the West German state of Bavaria.

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    The World Skiing Biathlon Championships have been won by East Germany at Ruhpolding in the West German state of Bavaria.

    SYNOPSIS: Skiers from twenty-one nations competed in the event which was held for the first time at Ruhpolding on a new specially prepared course.

    The course was described by most competitors as one of the toughest in the world. The basis of the competition is cross-country skiing with a demanding contest at the end of the run.

    After a fast run through the snow, the contestants have to show their skill as sharpshooters. Originally a military exercise in countries with long snow seasons, now it is a civilian sport with a wide following.

    This is one of the British competitors. He's just covered seven and a half kilometres (four point six miles) racing against the clock. The rifles used in the competition are point 22 calibre.

    Each nation has four contestants. The competition is a relay with each of the four team members covering the same distance, before firing on the fifty metre range. One of the victorious East Germans led a Finnish competitor and an Australian during this section. The United States and Japan also entered the competition.

    One of the traps of the competition is that penalties are imposed for missed rifle shots on the range. Bad shooting means many laps on the one hundred and fifty metre (164 yards) course. The Soviet team - always strong challengers - managed to take third place. The Finnish team was second. But the East Germans were clear winners.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA22IGJXM4X0KXC48ZPI2SI9HAF
    Media URN:
    VLVA22IGJXM4X0KXC48ZPI2SI9HAF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/02/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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