RUHPOLDING, Germany (AP) -- Dominik Landertinger beat Germany's Simon Schempp in a sprint Thursday to lead Austria to victory in the men's 4x7.5-kilometer relay at a biathlon World Cup meet.
The Austrian team of Christoph Sumann, Daniel Mesotitsch, Simon Eder and Landertinger used eight spare rounds and avoided penalty loops to complete the race in 1 hour, 15 minutes and 40.9 seconds. Germany finished a tenth of a second behind, having missed one more target.
Russia finished third, 14.9 seconds off the pace with seven missed targets and no penalty loops, and maintains its lead in the World Cup standings with 156 points.
With just one race remaining, however, Austria closed the gap to five points, while Germany is another five behind.
Landertinger, Schempp and Russia's Anton Shipulin were level going into the final shoot, where a missed target cost Schempp time as the other two shot cleanly. The German fought back from five seconds behind to edge in front of Landertinger in an exciting finale, before a late charge from the Austrian proved just enough.
After Russia, Sweden finished fourth, the Czech Republic fifth and Italy sixth.