CANMORE, Canada — The Soviet Union won the 30-kilometer biathlon relay for a record sixth straight Olympics Friday, and a gold at last for two-time silver medalist Valeri Medvedtsev.
Medvedtsev, 23, anchored the Soviets as they bested West Germany by 1 minute 7.4 seconds in the sport that combines cross-country skiing with rifle shooting. Their winning time was 1 hour 22.3 seconds.
Italy, led by individual World Cup leader Johan Passler, finished third, 1:21.5 behind. Passler also won a bronze in the 20K individual race.
With the gold, Medvedtsev, who won silver medals in the individual 20K and 10K races, became the only triple medalist in the biathlon events.