Single Mixed Relay: an Exciting New Format
This fast paced new format has teams of one woman and one man per country competing over a total distance of 6 km for the first starter and 7.5 km for the second with four shooting stages each. The lap is 1.5 km for both women and men, while the penalty loop is 75 m long. Just as in the regular relays, athletes have three spares to load manually in case of missed shots. The first athlete starts the competition and tags the other athlete after the first two shooting stages (prone and standing). The handover is done directly after the range/penalty loop exit. The IBU Technical Committee decides whether the men or the women begin the competition.