Single Mixed Relay: an Exciting Novelty
This fast paced new format has teams of one woman and one man per country competing over a total distance of 6 km for women and 7.5 km for men with four shooting stages each. The lap is 1.5 km for both women and men, while the penalty loop is 75m long. Just as in the regular relays, athletes have three spares to load manually in case of missed shots. The female starts the competition and tags the man after the first two shooting stages (prone and standing). The handover is done directly after the range/penalty loop exit. The same woman returns to the track after the man finishes. The man returns second time and skis an additional lap after the last shooting stage before crossing the finish line. The first team at the finish is the winner.