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French Biathlete Marie Laure Brunet Hospitalized After Collapsing During Women's Biathlon Relay

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MARIE LAURE BRUNET
France's Marie Laure Brunet is stretchered away during the Women's Biathlon 4x6 km Relay at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 21, 2014, in Rosa Khutor, near Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images) | ALBERTO PIZZOLI via Getty Images

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — French biathlete Marie Laure Brunet collapsed during the women's biathlon relay on Friday and was taken to a hospital for medical checkups.

The 25-year-old lost consciousness during the opening leg of the 4x6-kilometer relay and was carried off the course.

Team doctor Thomas Lacroix says initial tests were "reassuring even if she was in a state of hyperventilation. We need to make additional checks tonight and tomorrow."

France head coach Thierry Dussere says Brunet felt sick and vomited before the race. He says "this often happens to her before races. She was nervous because she is a very motivated athlete and she wanted to give her best."

Brunet hit all five targets in the first shooting and collapsed on her way out of the stadium on the second 2-kilometer lap.

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