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7.5 kilometres Sprint, Women

Date15 February 1998 — 13:00
StatusOlympic
LocationNozawa Onsen Resort, Nozawa Onsen
Participants64 from 24 countries
FormatPenalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 7,500 m
Height Differential: 68 m
Maximum Climb: 25 m
Shooting 1: Prone at 2.5 km, 50 m range
Shooting 2: Standing at 5.0 km, 50 m range
Total Climbing: 260 m

The world champion in 1996 and 1997 was Olga Romasko of Belarus. But the two favorites were Germany’s Uschi Disl and Sweden’s Magdalena Forsberg. Disl had been third in the seasonal World Cup in the last two seasons, while Forsberg had won in 1996-97. In 1997-98 they were again 1-2 in the World Cup coming into Nagano. But both Romasko and Forsberg would miss three targets and eventually finish 17th and 27th respectively. Germany’s Katrin Apel started second, missed one target, and her 23:32.4 would lead for about half the race. But the 33rd starter was Russian Galina Kukleva, who finished in 23:08.0, also missing one target. Disl was two starters behind and was right on Kukleva’s pace throughout. As she crossed the line, she fell forward and Kukleva, who was watching closely, helped her up. When they looked at the scoreboard, Disl had just missed the gold, finishing 7/10ths behind Kukleva, with Apel’s time holding on for the gold.

Disl was in the midst of a great career. From 1992-2005 she won eight World Championships and 19 medals at the Worlds. She eventually won nine Olympic medals, including two golds in the relay in 1998 and 2002, but never won an individual Olympic gold. Apel would also win numerous international medals, with three golds and nine medals at the World Championships, and four Olympic medals, including two relay golds. For Kukleva, Nagano was the highlight of her career, as she added a relay silver to her gold medal in this race. She would win six World Championship medals in her career with one individual silver in the 2000 mass start event.

PosNrBiathleteNOCTimeMisses
133Galina KuklevaRUS23:08.01Gold
235Uschi DislGER23:08.71Silver
32Katrin ApelGER23:32.41Bronze
441Soňa MihokováSVK23:42.31
528Yu ShumeiCHN23:44.00
631Anna SteraPOL23:53.12
722Martina SchwarzbacherováSVK23:54.51
829Mari LampinenFIN23:55.20
954Anna MurínováSVK23:56.70
1039Nathalie SanterITA23:59.61
1130Olena PetrovaUKR24:04.51
1232Andreja GrašičSLO24:05.21
1358Albina AkhatovaRUS24:06.42
1457Emmanuelle ClaretFRA24:08.71
1562Annette SikvelandNOR24:09.52
1610Petra BehleGER24:09.92
1744Magdalena ForsbergSWE24:19.53
1840Margarita DulovaKAZ24:21.71
1960Tetiana Vodop'ianovaUKR24:23.30
2061Inna SheshkilKAZ24:32.91
2125Nina LemeshUKR24:39.81
2220Iryna TananaikaBLR24:42.50
2348Liv Grete SkjelbreidNOR24:44.03
2445Sviatlana ParamihinaBLR24:50.02
2527Corinne NiogretFRA24:54.72
2655Eva HákováCZE24:58.61
2716Olga RomaskoRUS25:03.63
283Natallia MarozBLR25:04.70
2934Ekaterina DafovskaBUL25:06.72
3051Martina ZellnerGER25:09.82
3114Eva TofalviROU25:10.32
3247Myriam BédardCAN25:11.30
3364Kristina SabasteanskiUSA25:12.21
3436Ieva CederštremaLAT25:12.72
358Jiřína PelcováCZE25:14.51
3618Tadeja BrankovičSLO25:20.13
3713Ann-Elen SkjelbreidNOR25:22.84
3849Michelle CollardCAN25:26.10
3917Sun RiboCHN25:29.03
4015Irena NovotnáCZE25:30.43
4112Pavlina FilipovaBUL25:34.83
4263Halina GuńkaPOL25:39.05
435Florence BaverelFRA25:39.61
447Anna VolkovaRUS25:42.74
4526Agata SuszkaPOL25:45.13
4619Katja HolantiFIN25:46.22
4742Kerryn RimAUS25:49.12
4823Deborah NordykeUSA25:50.52
491Iryna MerkushinaUKR25:58.63
5059Kristina BrounéusSWE26:05.32
519Eva-Karin WestinSWE26:07.81
5253Natallia RyzhankovaBLR26:10.54
5346Hiromi SeinoJPN26:13.54
5421Anne Briand-BouthiauxFRA26:16.15
5556Ryoko TakahashiJPN26:34.25
564Gunn Margit AndreassenNOR26:36.24
5738Kateřina LosmanováCZE26:51.73
5837Stacey WooleyUSA27:03.03
5952Lucija LarisiSLO27:14.94
6024Maria SchylanderSWE27:46.94
6111Mie TakedaJPN28:10.16
626Elena GorohovaMDA28:21.55
6350Bernadett DiraHUN28:48.95
6443Zsuzsanna BekecsHUN29:50.36