Yury Kashkarov was the best Soviet biathlete of the mid-1980s. Kashkarov won his first international medals at the 1982 World Junior Championships, where he won a full set of medals, gold in the 15 km, silver in the relay and bronze at 10 km. From 1983-91 Kashkarov competed at every World Championships, and won medals at every one of them, except in 1990. He won relay golds at the 1983, 1985 and 1986 World Championships and golds in the 20 km in 1985 and the 20 km team event in 1989. In addition to his five World titles, Kashkarov won silvers at the World Championship in the 1987, 1989 and 1991 relay, and bronzes in the 1989 10 km and 10 km team event. Kashkarov also competed at two Olympics, winning a relay gold in 1984. His best individual result at the Olympic Games was fifth in the 20 km in 1988. He also won a silver medal at the 1984-1985 World Cup. Domestically Kashkarov won three Soviet titles – in 1986 in the 20 km and in 1987 in the 10 km and 25 km military patrol. After his sporting career Kashkarov worked as a biathlon coach with Dynamo Moskva.