The Norwegian gold-winning team consisted of Kristina Vestveit, Gyda E Olssen and Hanne Skarpodde. Norway finished on 1,724, two points better than the day’s big surprise Sweden. Germany won the bronze, one point after Sweden.
Smashed world record
The Norwegian men’s team pulverised the world record in military rapid fire rifle over 300 metres. The new record is 1,724 points - 31 points better than the previous record.
“Unbelievable, and better than we expected,” said Vebjørn Berg, one of the four gold medallists.
Norway also held the old record of 1,693 points, from last year’s military world championships.
The three others in the team were Thore Larsen, Hans Krister Waer and Arvid Røjset. The three best results are counted, so Thore Larsen’s score was not counted. The silver medallists Switzerland, 1,698 points, and Austria, 1,695, both beat the previous record, so the shooting really was at a high standard.
“Conditions today were practically perfect, but it could have been a little warmer,” Vebjørn Berg ended.
Sweden’s team finsihed in a creditable 9th place among the 27 countries on 1,666 points.