Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): Nozawa Onsen Resort, Nozawa Onsen
Date Started: February 19, 1998
Date Finished: February 19, 1998
Format: Eight shots for each group of five targets. Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
Germany had won the event at the last three World Championships and was a heavy favorite. They were led by [Uschi Disl] and [Katrin Apel], medalists in the sprint, and [Petra Behle], three-time individual gold medalist at the Worlds. Disl had a problem as the lead-off, when an opponent stepped on one of her poles. She dropped it and fell back to 15th place after retrieving it, but she recovered to be third at the first exchange. After the second exchange the surprise leader was Slovakia with Russia second, and Germany third. But order was restored on the third leg, with Germany taking the lead ahead of Russia, followed by Norway. They would finish in that order as well, Slovakia eventually crossing in fourth.