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Single mixed relay

Single mixed relay

An exciting new format

Swift duo: In this competition, a female and a male team mate alternate.

One woman and one man from each nation compete for medals in this exciting and varied type of competition. Only those who shoot quickly and safely and put their foot down on the short laps stay ahead. One should not afford any mistakes here, because this means immediately a backlog. In the breaks it is important to regenerate well, because it's about time to go back to the cross-country ski run. Which team manages best to adjust to this new flexible discipline?
Single mixed relay
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 75m 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 second team member has to cover also 2 × 1.5 km and hands over again to the first member directly after the second shooting.
Thes first team member must complete a total of 6 km, the second after his fourth and last shooting still runs an additional round of 1.5 km before he reaches the finish line.
During the waiting period, the athletes' skis may be re-prepared, but an exchange is not permitted.
The IBU Technical Committee decides whether the men or the women begin the competition.
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