The World Skiing Biathlon Championships have been won by East Germany at Ruhpolding in the West German state of Bavaria.
TGV PAN Ruhpolding in Bavaria and ice stadium with crowds around (2 shots)
LV AND TV PAN Competitors starting and skiing through wooded area (2 shots)
SV Competitor numbers 14 (USSR), 8 (Poland), 12 (Switzerland) and 18 (Norway) arrive at shooting area.
CU British competitor (20) nearest camera firing and hitting target (2 shots)
SV USA Competitor (17) arrives at shooting area and stands beside Norwegian (18) firing as British competitor (20) leaves shooting area ( 3 shots)
SV East German competitor (9) leads Finnish number 7 and Australian number 1 through wooded area and around bend (2 shots)
CU American passes (17)
SV Japanese competitor (2) passes
CU Finnish competitor skiing
SV Italian competitor (16) at finish
SV French competitor (13) at finish
LV Japanese at finish
SV AND SV PAN Crowd watch as bearded man pulls Soviet team on sledge
SV Finnish team
SV Left to right Finnish, East German and Soviet winning teams on rostrum waving
SPORT: SKIING BIATHLON
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Background: 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.