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7.5 kilometres Sprint, Women

Date11 February 1992 — 13:45
StatusOlympic
LocationLes Saisies
Participants69 from 20 countries
FormatPenalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 7,350 m
Height Differential: 57 m
Maximum Climb: 39 m
Shooting 1: Prone at ? km, 50 m range
Shooting 2: Standing at ? km, 50 m range
Total Climbing: 279 m

This was the first women’s biathlon event at the Winter Olympics, although women had been competing in the World Cup since the 1982-83 season and at the World Championships since 1984. The early years of women’s international biathlon had been dominated by Norwegian and Swedish athletes. But in recent years the Soviet women, or at Albertville, the Unified Team women, had come on strong. The favorite was Norway’s Grete Ingeborg Nykkelmo, the 1991 World Champion and a former cross-country skier. In the end the first women’s Olympic gold medal would go to a former cross-country Olympian, Anfisa Reztsova, who had won two medals in cross-country skiing at Calgary in 1988. She won the sprint despite three missed targets shooting, but her skiing was so powerful that she overcame that. The other two medalists also missed two targets, as skiing predominated in this event. Reztsova would go on to win the 1991-92 World Cup and would repeat in the 1992-93 season. Nykkelmo placed 31st, done in by five shooting misses.

PosNrBiathleteNOCTimeMisses
136Anfisa ReztsovaEUN24:29.23Gold
231Antje MiserskyGER24:45.12Silver
36Yelena BelovaEUN24:50.82Bronze
446Nadezhda AleksievaBUL24:55.80
535Jiřína AdamičkováTCH24:57.60
653Petra SchaafGER25:10.41
750Anne BriandFRA25:29.82
84Silvana BlagoevaBUL25:33.52
99Delphyne BurletFRA25:50.54
105Inga KesperGER25:57.32
1155Uschi DislGER25:58.92
1251Myriam BédardCAN26:04.61
1361Svetlana PechorskayaEUN26:09.70
1432Mia StadigSWE26:15.00
1556Elin KristiansenNOR26:23.31
1652Nathalie SanterITA26:28.73
1717Corinne NiogretFRA26:32.33
1863Gabriela SůvováTCH26:42.12
1915Signe TrostenNOR26:43.32
2020Yelena GolovinaEUN26:50.31
2169Joan SmithUSA26:54.50
2244Yoshiko MikamiJPN26:57.32
2367Vera VuchevaBUL27:01.01
2465Véronique ClaudelFRA27:04.54
2514Mary OstergrenUSA27:05.72
2642Inger BjörkbomSWE27:13.11
2749Kazimiera StrolienėLTU27:16.74
287Terhi MarkkanenFIN27:20.72
2937Song AiqinCHN27:21.23
3048Jelena PoljakovaEST27:22.81
3127Grete Ingeborg NykkelmoNOR27:24.25
3238Anne ElvebakkNOR27:34.23
3333Iva ShkodrevaBUL27:42.65
3443Mari LampinenFIN27:46.13
352Wang JinfenCHN27:53.22
3622María GiroARG27:53.50
3762Monika SchwingshacklITA27:56.12
3824Adina ŞotropaROU27:57.03
3940Kerryn PethybridgeAUS27:58.72
4041Halina PitońPOL28:11.74
411Iveta KnížkováTCH28:13.08
4218Krista LepikEST28:18.64
438Anna HermanssonSWE28:20.33
4425Nancy Bell-JohnstoneUSA28:20.63
4523Tuija SikiöFIN28:21.42
4634Agata SuszkaPOL28:23.63
4759Lise MelocheCAN28:24.72
4860Ileana Ianoşiu-HanganROU28:32.15
4912Erica CarraraITA28:38.54
=5021Jane IsaksonCAN28:39.71
=5058Zofia KiełpińskaPOL28:39.74
5257Wang JinpingCHN28:42.41
5368Johanna SaarinenFIN28:48.64
5426Sandra PaintinAUS28:50.02
553Mihaela CârstoiROU29:10.53
5629Siegrid PallhuberITA29:23.15
5764Christina EklundSWE29:25.94
5854Eveli PetersonEST29:31.45
5910Yvonne VisserCAN29:35.94
6011Krystyna LiberdaPOL29:39.97
6130Brigitta BereczkiHUN29:42.66
6228Helena ČernohorskáTCH30:13.83
6339Monica JaucaROU31:13.75
6447Joan GuetschowUSA31:30.63
6513Kathalin CzifraHUN32:04.43
6645Beatrix HoléczyHUN32:44.52
6766Anna BozsikHUN33:44.84
6816Fabiana LoveceARG39:07.09
AC19Liu GiulanCHNDNF