Erlend Bjoentegaard was a member of Norway's victorious 4x6km relay team ©Getty Images

Germany and Norway earned relay medals as the International Biathlon Union (IBU) Open European Championships came to a close in Duszniki Zdrój.

Stefanie Scherer and Justus Strelow combined to good effect for Germany in the single mixed relay event at the Polish venue.

The duo had one spare each during the first two legs of the competition, which saw them lead at the halfway mark.

Scherer required three spares on her second run, leading to her passing over to Strelow 5.9 seconds behind leaders Russia.

A strong final leg from Strelow saw the German team regain the lead, triumphing in 35min 1.6sec with five spares.

France’s Caroline Colombo and Emilien Claude finished as the silver medallists 21 seconds off the pace, ending with one penalty and eight spares.

Russia’s Larisa Kuklina and Evgeniy Garanichev faded in the closing stages, with six spares used as they finished 26.7 down to earn bronze.

The European Championships concluded with Norwegian success in the 4x6km mixed relay.

Emilie Aagheim Kalkenberg, Aasne Skrede, Erlend Bjoentegaard and Sivert Guttorm Bakken completed the event in a winning time of 1 hour, 1min and 23.7sec.

The quartet ended with one penalty and seven spares.

Vanessa Voigt, Marion Deigentesch, Dominic Schmuck and Philipp Nawrath won silver, finishing 30.7 behind the winners with seven spares.

Ukraine’s Iryna Petrenko, Vita Semerenko, Bogdan Tsymbal and Artem Pryma completed the podium at 52.5 down, with one penalty and eight spares.