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7.5 kilometres Sprint, Women

Date16 February 2006 — 12:00
StatusOlympic
LocationCesana San Sicario
Participants83 from 28 countries
FormatPenalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 7,500 m
Height Differential: 48 m
Maximum Climb: 13 m
Shooting 1: Prone at 2.5 km, 50 m range
Shooting 2: Standing at 5.0 km, 50 m range
Total Climbing: 249 m

The defending champion was Kati Wilhelm who was also leading the World Cup in the 2005-06 season. But she would not shoot cleanly and dropped down to seventh place. Most of the top finishers had clean shooting rounds, as the event had one of the closest finishes in Olympic biathlon history. Although Wilhelm was seventh, she was only 18.4 seconds behind the winner, France’s Florence Baverel-Robert. Baverel-Robert had been around for a long time, winning relay medals at the 1995 and 1996 World Championships, and an individual pursuit bronze at the 2000 Worlds, but she was only 23rd in the 2005-06 World Cup rankings. The silver was even more surprising, going to Swede Anna-Carin Olofsson. She had been a cross-country skier through 2002, but her best finish at the Salt Lake City Olympics was 30th in the 15 km, and she switched to biathlon in 2003.

PosNrBiathleteNOCTimeMisses
146Florence Baverel-RobertFRA22:31.40Gold
238Anna-Carin OlofssonSWE22:33.81Silver
362Liliya YefremovaUKR22:38.00Bronze
456Albina AkhatovaRUS22:40.20
557Alena ZubrilavaBLR22:40.50
645Sandrine BaillyFRA22:43.02
727Kati WilhelmGER22:49.81
843Volha NazaravaBLR22:53.20
964Olga ZaytsevaRUS23:05.80
1044Svetlana IshmuratovaRUS23:10.31
1131Liu XianyingCHN23:17.51
1269Liv Grete Skjelbreid-PoiréeNOR23:20.02
1342Michela PonzaITA23:27.21
=1448Delphine PerettoFRA23:31.20
=1459Teja GregorinSLO23:31.20
1628Martina HalinárováSVK23:32.80
1725Martina GlagowGER23:35.91
1860Diana RasimovičiūtėLTU23:48.11
1963Linda TjørhomNOR23:48.51
2041Magdalena GwizdońPOL23:54.71
2179Sun RiboCHN23:57.62
2214Katrin ApelGER24:04.92
2366Tora BergerNOR24:05.81
2413Kong YingchaoCHN24:07.01
2568Krystyna PałkaPOL24:07.31
2652Nathalie SanterITA24:09.52
2761Soňa MihokováSVK24:09.91
2835Madara LīdumaLAT24:11.02
299Marcela PavkovčekováSVK24:11.10
307Sylvie BecaertFRA24:12.90
3137Tadeja BrankovičSLO24:14.12
3273Lenka FaltusováCZE24:16.90
3322Ekaterina DafovskaBUL24:23.22
343Uschi DislGER24:29.13
3532Rachel SteerUSA24:29.61
3658Irina NikulchinaBUL24:30.04
3767Katsiaryna IvanovaBLR24:30.84
3872Anna MurínováSVK24:32.11
3924Kateřina HolubcováCZE24:33.31
4039Gro Marit Istad KristiansenNOR24:34.01
4123Natalia LevcencovaMDA24:34.21
4271Liudmila AnankaBLR24:36.11
4355Zdeňka VejnarováCZE24:46.42
4434Olena PetrovaUKR24:52.22
4551Alexandra RusuROU24:52.50
468Pavlina FilipovaBUL24:53.32
4721Eveli SaueEST24:55.41
4830Dana PlotogeaROU25:01.71
4918Oksana KhvostenkoUKR25:10.11
5076Nina LemeshUKR25:13.52
5170Ikuyo TsukidateJPN25:17.01
5236Anna LebedevaKAZ25:21.82
5375Katja HallerITA25:22.61
5465Hou YuxiaCHN25:25.85
5510Dijana GrudičekSLO25:28.63
5680Magdalena NykielPOL25:32.21
574Saskia SanterITA25:42.63
5882Radka PopovaBUL26:01.12
5983Andreja MaliSLO26:02.53
6047Andžela BriceLAT26:03.13
6117Magda RezlerováCZE26:06.72
6240Zina KocherCAN26:11.14
631Katarzyna PonikwiaPOL26:17.31
642Kanae MeguroJPN26:19.94
6533Tamami TanakaJPN26:20.65
6653Sandra KeithCAN26:20.73
6726Emma FowlerGBR26:22.91
6854Elena GorohovaMDA26:23.92
6974Tomomi OtakaJPN26:28.73
7015Eva TofalviROU26:38.34
7120Tracy BarnesUSA26:47.92
7278Linda SavļakaLAT26:54.61
7311Martine AlbertCAN27:04.42
746Gerda KrūmiņaLAT27:30.53
7550Sarah KonradUSA27:30.68
7677Marie-Pierre ParentCAN27:31.12
7784Mihaela PurdeaROU27:32.74
785Aleksandra VasiljevićBIH28:10.91
7916Petra StarčevićCRO28:11.92
8081Carolyn TreacyUSA28:18.74
8112Valentina CiurinaMDA30:04.24
8219Zsófia GottschallHUN31:09.16
8329Verónica IsbejCHI33:52.04