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7.5 kilometres Sprint, Women

Date13 February 2010 — 13:00
StatusOlympic
LocationWhistler Olympic Park, Whistler
Participants88 from 30 countries
FormatPenalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 7,813 m
Height Differential: 27 m
Maximum Climb: 25 m
Shooting 1: Prone at 2.6 km, 50 m range
Shooting 2: Standing at 5.3 km, 50 m range
Total Climbing: 84 m

This event, held on the first morning of competition, produced the first surprise of the 2010 Games when the Slovakian biathlete Anastasia Kuzmina, having started slowly, won the gold medal in a time of 19:55.6. With many of the favourites missing targets, Kuzmina missed only one and won ahead of Germany’s Magdalena Neuner, a biathlete who came in to the Games with a rich vein of form, and early leader Marie Dorin of France who took silver and bronze some 1.5 seconds and 10.9 seconds respectively behind Kuzmina. Although the Russian born Kuzmina had won a medal at the 2009 World Championship she had never won a race on the World Cup circuit and her preparation had been hampered by an accident in which she broke two bones in her hand a month before the Games began. This was only her second year competing in Slovakian colours after she had moved to the country to train with her husband, the Israeli cross-country skier Daniel Kuzmin. Her brother, Anton Shipulin, would later add to the family medal haul by winning a bronze medal in the men’s relay. This was Slovakia’s first gold medal at a Winter Olympics although Slovak Ondrej Nepela was an Olympic champion in 1972 representing Czechoslovakia.

World champion Kati Wilhelm of Germany had a poor day at the rifle range and could only finish 30th whilst World Cup leader Helena Jonsson prefaced a disappointing Olympic by placing 12th.

PosNrBiathleteNOCTimeMisses
119Anastasia KuzminaSVK19:55.61Gold
231Magdalena NeunerGER19:57.11Silver
310Marie DorinFRA20:06.50Bronze
447Anna BulyginaRUS20:07.70
529Yelena KhrustalyovaKAZ20:20.40
667Marie-Laure BrunetFRA20:23.30
725Olga ZaytsevaRUS20:23.40
837Daria DomrachavaBLR20:27.40
963Ann Kristin FlatlandNOR20:29.71
1060Oksana KhvostenkoUKR20:38.90
1150Helena JonssonSWE20:42.50
1215Svetlana SleptsovaRUS20:43.10
1327Eva TofalviROU20:45.10
1428Sandrine BaillyFRA20:45.32
1571Anna-Maria NilssonSWE20:45.50
1670Liudmila KalinchykBLR20:46.10
1775Olena PidhrushnaUKR20:47.31
1818Magda RezlerováCZE20:51.00
1943Anna-Carin Olofsson-ZidekSWE20:53.51
2081Krystyna PałkaPOL20:54.30
2149Olga MedvedtsevaRUS21:01.61
2232Valj SemerenkoUKR21:08.32
2358Veronika VítkováCZE21:10.90
2421Diana RasimovičiūtėLTU21:11.22
2511Simone HauswaldGER21:14.12
2656Andrea HenkelGER21:15.72
2784Nadzeya SkardsinaBLR21:17.60
2889Sylvie BecaertFRA21:21.62
2938Kati WilhelmGER21:27.23
3020Andreja MaliSLO21:32.60
3186Song ChaoqingCHN21:38.22
3245Tora BergerNOR21:42.12
3313Vita SemerenkoUKR21:42.33
3473Magdalena GwizdońPOL21:48.92
3526Weronika NowakowskaPOL21:49.43
3641Dijana RavnikarSLO21:49.71
3759Katja HallerITA21:51.01
3887Mihaela PurdeaROU21:52.21
3966Janka GerekováSVK21:54.03
4012Sofia DomeijSWE21:55.01
4154Agnieszka CylPOL21:55.22
4246Michela PonzaITA21:55.72
4351Fuyuko SuzukiJPN21:58.01
4465Sara StudebakerUSA22:05.31
4576Megan TandyCAN22:07.70
465Karin OberhoferITA22:08.93
4780Gerda KrūmiņaLAT22:09.31
4862Dana PlotogeaROU22:12.32
4974Wang ChunliCHN22:13.43
5039Liu XianyingCHN22:14.63
5124Anna LebedevaKAZ22:15.12
523Natalia LevcencovaMDA22:18.22
5335Martina HalinárováSVK22:19.02
5468Eveli SaueEST22:23.32
5557Selina GasparinSUI22:23.44
5616Madara LīdumaLAT22:23.84
5785Marina LebedevaKAZ22:27.01
5869Kaisa MäkäräinenFIN22:27.33
5953Zdeňka VejnarováCZE22:28.52
606Kong YingchaoCHN22:30.92
617Nina KlenovskaBUL22:32.43
6217Mun Ji-HuiKOR22:34.12
6348Kadri LehtlaEST22:34.22
6464Zina KocherCAN22:35.83
6583Gro Marit Istad KristiansenNOR22:41.05
6661Lyubov FilimonovaKAZ22:44.42
6752Mari LaukkanenFIN22:45.04
6836Līga GlāzereLAT22:47.71
6923Liv Kjersti EikelandNOR22:51.94
7077Veronika ZvařičováCZE22:52.92
7122Rosanna CrawfordCAN23:04.60
7278Roberta FiandinoITA23:11.64
731Volha NazaravaBLR23:11.73
7455Tadeja BrankovičSLO23:13.34
7530Megan ImrieCAN23:17.03
769Laura SpectorUSA23:18.12
7782Lanny BarnesUSA23:26.01
7872Žanna JuškāneLAT23:32.43
7933Haley JohnsonUSA23:35.44
8079Ľubomíra KalinováSVK23:47.25
8134Sarah MurphyNZL23:49.73
822Kristel ViigipuuEST23:57.12
8388Sirli HanniEST23:57.82
844Alexandra StoianROU24:04.64
8540Panagiota TsakiriGRE24:28.83
8642Victoria PadialESP24:55.52
878Tanja KarišikBIH25:24.12
AC44Teja GregorinSLO20:29.20DQ1
DNS14Andrijana Stipaničić MrveljCRO