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15 kilometres, Women

Date18 February 2010 — 1:00
StatusOlympic
LocationWhistler Olympic Park, Whistler
Participants87 from 31 countries
FormatOne-minute penalty for each missed target.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 14,830 m
Height Differential: 40 m
Maximum Climb: 41 m
Shooting 1: Prone at 3.0 km, 50 m range
Shooting 2: Standing at 6.0 km, 50 m range
Shooting 3: Prone at 9.0 km, 50 m range
Shooting 4: Standing at 12.0 km, 50 m range
Total Climbing: 535 m

The 15 kilometres event was one that favoured both the very early and very late starters. Tora Berger of Norway, starting second, skied a fast time of 40:52.8, and hit the first nineteen out of the twenty targets she shot at. A miss on her last target meant that the wait for another 85 biathletes to compete would be more nerve wracking. Other early pace setters were Oksana Khvostenko of Ukraine starting 3rd (she would eventually finish 8th) and Kazakh Elena Khrustaleva starting 7th who missed none of her targets to finish in a time of 41:13.5. These times were enough for Berger and Khrustaleva the gold and silver medal respectively. Eventually coming through to take the bronze medal was Darya Domracheva of Belarus who finished comfortably in bronze medal position. Berger’s win meant that Norway became the first nation to win 100 gold medals in the Winter Olympics. The fastest skiing time again belonged to Magdalena Neuner but this time the German returned to her more erratic shooting form and missed three targets. Two notable absentees were the Russian pair of multiple world and Olympic medallist Albina Akhatova and 2008 world champion Ekaterina Iourieva. Both were banned for their part in a doping scandal.

PosNrBiathleteNOCTimeMissesSkiing (Pos)
12Tora BergerNOR40:52.8139:52.8 (2)Gold
27Yelena KhrustalyovaKAZ41:13.5041:13.5 (14)Silver
334Daria DomrachavaBLR41:21.0140:21.0 (4)Bronze
452Kati WilhelmGER41:57.3140:57.3 (10)
571Weronika NowakowskaPOL41:57.5140:57.5 (9)
626Andrea HenkelGER42:32.4240:32.4 (5)
715Agnieszka CylPOL42:32.5141:32.5 (23)
83Oksana KhvostenkoUKR42:38.6042:38.6 (44)
953Liudmila KalinchykBLR42:39.1141:39.1 (24)
1018Magdalena NeunerGER42:42.1339:42.1 (1)
1114Eva TofalviROU42:43.4141:43.4 (25)
128Marie-Laure BrunetFRA42:44.4240:44.4 (6)
1362Valj SemerenkoUKR42:44.5141:44.5 (26)
1435Ann Kristin FlatlandNOR43:06.4241:06.4 (11)
1551Krystyna PałkaPOL43:09.6142:09.6 (30)
1681Volha KudrashovaBLR43:11.3043:11.3 (59)
1711Anna-Carin Olofsson-ZidekSWE43:12.1241:12.1 (12)
1840Katja HallerITA43:12.4043:12.4 (60)
199Andreja MaliSLO43:14.4043:14.4 (61)
2031Liu XianyingCHN43:16.2241:16.2 (16)
2149Olga MedvedtsevaRUS43:25.9241:25.9 (18)
2278Vita SemerenkoUKR43:30.8241:30.8 (22)
2366Lanny BarnesUSA43:31.8043:31.8 (66)
2438Anna-Maria NilssonSWE43:44.0142:44.0 (48)
2516Anna Bogaly-TitovetsRUS43:46.3340:46.3 (8)
264Olga ZaytsevaRUS43:46.8340:46.8 (7)
2722Michela PonzaITA43:54.4142:54.4 (52)
2863Nadzeya SkardsinaBLR44:09.4143:09.4 (57)
2954Martina BeckGER44:12.0242:12.0 (31)
3086Sylvie BecaertFRA44:13.2341:13.2 (=13)
3133Diana RasimovičiūtėLTU44:13.2341:13.2 (=13)
3246Olena PidhrushnaUKR44:15.9242:15.9 (33)
3337Wang ChunliCHN44:18.0341:18.0 (17)
341Sara StudebakerUSA44:27.3143:27.3 (64)
3541Dijana RavnikarSLO44:27.4242:27.4 (39)
3613Natalia LevcencovaMDA44:34.9242:34.9 (41)
3736Anna LebedevaKAZ44:36.3242:36.3 (42)
3827Anastasia KuzminaSVK45:16.0540:16.0 (3)
3917Selina GasparinSUI45:23.6342:23.6 (37)
4068Mihaela PurdeaROU45:27.7342:27.7 (38)
415Eveli SaueEST45:27.9243:27.9 (63)
4242Mari LaukkanenFIN45:36.4342:36.4 (43)
4373Martina HalinárováSVK45:38.7342:38.7 (46)
4445Kadri LehtlaEST45:43.0243:43.0 (69)
4530Kaisa MäkäräinenFIN45:46.4441:46.4 (=27)
4650Janka GerekováSVK45:46.4441:46.4 (=27)
4710Nina KlenovskaBUL45:49.8342:49.8 (51)
486Helena JonssonSWE45:52.9441:52.9 (29)
4944Megan TandyCAN46:04.3343:04.3 (55)
5070Marie DorinFRA46:17.7442:17.7 (34)
5143Sandrine BaillyFRA46:28.8541:28.8 (19)
5258Song ChaoqingCHN46:30.3442:30.3 (40)
5312Fuyuko SuzukiJPN46:30.3343:30.3 (65)
5459Zdeňka VejnarováCZE46:38.0442:38.0 (45)
5557Yana RomanovaRUS46:41.0442:41.0 (47)
5664Lyubov FilimonovaKAZ46:45.4343:45.4 (70)
5783Kong YingchaoCHN46:46.2442:46.2 (50)
5874Magdalena GwizdońPOL46:46.7442:46.7 (49)
5984Gabriela SoukalováCZE46:49.8244:49.8 (74)
6082Solveig RogstadNOR46:55.1442:55.1 (53)
6169Megan ImrieCAN47:05.8443:05.8 (56)
6260Tadeja BrankovičSLO47:09.5443:09.5 (58)
6356Magda RezlerováCZE47:13.1542:13.1 (32)
6477Laura SpectorUSA47:19.3245:19.3 (77)
6539Haley JohnsonUSA47:19.4443:19.4 (62)
6625Madara LīdumaLAT47:30.2641:30.2 (21)
6721Veronika VítkováCZE47:33.4443:33.4 (67)
6847Gerda KrūmiņaLAT48:00.1444:00.1 (72)
6967Liv Kjersti EikelandNOR48:00.7543:00.7 (54)
7079Marina LebedevaKAZ48:04.9345:04.9 (76)
7132Zina KocherCAN48:19.3642:19.3 (36)
7219Mun Ji-HuiKOR48:53.9543:53.9 (71)
7387Reka FerenczROU48:54.9444:54.9 (75)
7461Karin OberhoferITA49:18.6742:18.6 (35)
7585Rosanna CrawfordCAN49:22.1445:22.1 (79)
7672Elisabeth HögbergSWE49:46.5445:46.5 (81)
7765Līga GlāzereLAT50:20.3545:20.3 (78)
7880Christa PerathonerITA50:23.3545:23.3 (80)
7975Ľubomíra KalinováSVK50:38.7743:38.7 (68)
8055Dana PlotogeaROU51:01.1744:01.1 (73)
8148Sarah MurphyNZL52:54.9646:54.9 (83)
8220Andrijana Stipaničić MrveljCRO53:06.1548:06.1 (85)
8376Žanna JuškāneLAT53:36.4746:36.4 (82)
8423Panagiota TsakiriGRE54:36.3747:36.3 (84)
8524Victoria PadialESP56:41.8848:41.8 (86)
AC29Tanja KarišikBIH4– (–)DNF
AC28Teja GregorinSLO44:29.1341:29.1 (20)DQ1