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7.5 kilometres Sprint, Women

Date13 February 2002 — 13:30
StatusOlympic
LocationSoldier Hollow, Wasatch Mountain State Park
Participants74 from 27 countries
FormatPenalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 7,623 m
Height Differential: 47 m
Maximum Climb: 31 m
Shooting 1: Prone at 2.5 km, 50 m range
Shooting 2: Standing at 5.5 km, 50 m range
Total Climbing: 241 m

The favorite in every biathlon event in Salt Lake City was Swedish star Magdalena Forsberg who had won the last five World Cups, and was in the process of winning her sixth straight in 2001-02. She had won two titles at the 2001 World Championships but the sprint championship had been won German Kati Wilhelm. Wilhelm was a cross-country skier at the 1998 Winter Olympics, but her best finish of 16th in the 30 km led her to switch to biathlon. She was the 18th starter, the first of the favorites to go off, and shot cleanly throughout to finish in 20:41.4. In the 37th start spot, the 1998 silver medalist, Uschi Disl, finished in 20:57.0, missing one target, which cost her the gold medal that would go to Wilhelm.

Forsberg started 58th of 74 starters, but also missed one target, and ended up in third. Salt Lake City would not be kind to her. Considered by most as the greatest female biathlete ever, she would end her career with only two Olympic bronze medals, having already placed third in the 15 km individual event. After winning six overall World Cup titles, and six gold medals at the World Championships, and holding the record for the most World Cup events wins, she would retire after the 2002 season.

PosNrBiathleteNOCTimeMisses
118Kati WilhelmGER20:41.40Gold
237Uschi DislGER20:57.01Silver
358Magdalena ForsbergSWE21:20.41Bronze
454Liv Grete Skjelbreid-PoiréeNOR21:24.11
525Florence Baverel-RobertFRA21:27.90
647Galina KuklevaRUS21:32.10
751Sandrine BaillyFRA21:35.71
827Olga PylyovaRUS21:44.21
942Corinne NiogretFRA21:50.30
1026Andreja GrašičSLO21:55.61
112Irina NikulchinaBUL21:57.02
126Katrin ApelGER22:01.73
1319Martina JašicováSVK22:11.90
1436Volha NazaravaBLR22:14.91
1528Ekaterina DafovskaBUL22:17.72
1646Gunn Margit AndreassenNOR22:19.71
1752Pavlina FilipovaBUL22:20.61
1810Anna BogalyRUS22:25.82
1935Svetlana IshmuratovaRUS22:27.32
2033Yu ShumeiCHN22:29.91
2157Soňa MihokováSVK22:32.11
2243Irena ČesnekováCZE22:33.50
238Delphyne BurletFRA22:37.71
2413Sanna-Leena PerunkaFIN22:39.91
2514Andrea HenkelGER22:41.12
2674Lucija LarisiSLO22:44.71
2715Andreja MaliSLO22:45.51
2838Ryoko TakahashiJPN22:58.32
2964Tamami TanakaJPN23:00.02
3072Hiromi SugaJPN23:03.52
314Tetiana Vodop'ianovaUKR23:03.82
3253Magda RezlerováCZE23:05.02
335Alena KhrustaliovaBLR23:06.62
3412Eva HákováCZE23:09.41
3545Anna MurínováSVK23:10.01
3621Saskia SanterITA23:11.22
3759Outi KettunenFIN23:11.31
3866Ann-Elen SkjelbreidNOR23:14.23
3965Kateřina LosmanováCZE23:14.62
4055Nathalie SanterITA23:14.73
4168Iva KaragiozovaBUL23:18.01
4271Liu XianyingCHN23:18.91
4317Anna Stera-KustuczPOL23:24.60
4470Yauheniya KutsepalovaBLR23:26.51
4520Mami ShindoJPN23:36.82
4649Michela PonzaITA23:36.92
4748Nina LemeshUKR23:37.41
4863Olena PetrovaUKR23:40.92
4940Kara SalmelaUSA23:44.13
5061Andrea NahrgangUSA23:48.71
5132Valentina CiurinaMDA23:49.71
5223Katja HolantiFIN24:07.24
5344Gro Marit Istad KristiansenNOR24:12.74
5450Anita NymanFIN24:17.04
5529Dana CojoceaROU24:17.31
561Kong YingchaoCHN24:30.23
5756Sun RiboCHN24:32.43
5824Andžela BriceLAT24:32.51
5941Olena ZubrilovaUKR24:33.24
609Rachel SteerUSA24:41.73
613Eva TofalviROU24:43.73
6234Yelena DubokKAZ24:50.11
6367Tadeja BrankovičSLO25:14.05
6469Tatiana KutlíkováSVK25:18.35
6562Kseniya ZikunkovaBLR25:21.55
6611Diana RasimovičiūtėLTU25:41.43
677Zsuzsanna BekecsHUN25:42.11
6873Siegrid PallhuberITA26:20.94
6930Kim Ja-YounKOR26:45.23
7016Despoina VavatsiGRE27:11.32
7139Ivett SzöllősiHUN27:17.64
7260Alexandra RusuROU27:20.06
7331Natalia LoveceARG29:33.28
7422Claudia BarrenecheaCHI30:15.15