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Biathlon at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games:

Women's 10 kilometres Pursuit

Biathlon at the 2002 Winter Games: Next Winter Games

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Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Soldier Hollow, Wasatch Mountain State Park
Date Started: February 16, 2002
Date Finished: February 16, 2002
Format: Starting margin based on results of 7.5 kilometer. Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.

Gold: RUS Olga Pylyova-Medvedtseva
Silver: GER Kati Wilhelm
Bronze: BUL Irina Nikulchina

Summary

This was a new Olympic event which consisted of the skiers going off in the order of their finish in the 10 km sprint. The leader in that event starts off, and then every skier after him would start behind by the time margin from the sprint. Only the top 60 finishers from the sprint were eligible to start, but in reality, many of the lower finishers would elect not to start this race. For the women, only 52 eventually started in Salt Lake City. The pursuit had been contested at the World Championships since 1997.

Geman Kati Wilhelm had won the sprint and started first, 16 seconds ahead of her teammate Uschi Disl. Disl would fold, done in by seven missed targets, and eventually placed ninth. [Olga Pyleva] had been only eighth in the sprint, and started 1:03 behind Wilhelm. But she missed only one target in the pursuit section, and with Wilhelm missing four, including three of her first five, Pyleva powered ahead to finish 5.3 seconds ahead of Wilhelm for the gold medal. Bulgarian Irina Nikulchina had been 11th in the sprint, and started 1:16 behind Wilhelm. Nikulchina had only turned to biathlon after competing at the 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics in cross-country skiing. She used her cross-country strength to gain ground on Wilhelm, and despite missing two shots, won the bronze medal.

Pyleva was not unknown, having won gold medals at the 2000 and 2001 World Championships in the relay. This was her first international gold medal, although she would later win the 15 km individual at the 2004 World Championships. At the 2006 Winter Olympics she initially finished second in the 15 km, but was later disqualified for doping when her urine sample revealed traces of the banned stimulant, carphedon, which is purported to increase endurance and tolerance to cold. Pyleva admitted to taking an over-the-counter medication for an ankle injury, and it was later found that it contained carphedon, which was not listed on the list of ingredients.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T M SB RT RR S1M S1T S1R S2M S2T S2R S3M S3T S3R S4M S4T S4R
1 Olga Pylyova-Medvedtseva 26 Russia RUS Gold 31:07.7 1 +1:03 30:04.7 2 1 7:18.7 10 0 13:23.5 8 0 20:01.0 6 0 26:08.3 2
2 Kati Wilhelm 25 Germany GER Silver 31:13.0 4 31:13.0 13 3 7:00.9 5 0 13:00.8 2 1 19:56.1 5 0 26:07.7 1
3 Irina Nikulchina 27 Bulgaria BUL Bronze 31:15.8 2 +1:16 29:59.8 1 0 7:00.3 6 0 13:02.6 3 0 19:33.4 3 2 26:22.8 5
4 Liv Grete Skjelbreid-Poirée 27 Norway NOR 31:18.3 4 +0:43 30:35.3 5 1 6:42.4 2 1 13:07.6 5 0 19:28.6 2 2 26:22.0 4
5 Galina Kukleva 29 Russia RUS 31:31.7 3 +0:51 30:40.7 6 1 7:02.0 7 1 13:28.7 9 0 20:01.6 7 1 26:31.6 6
6 Magdalena Wallin-Forsberg 34 Sweden SWE 31:34.0 3 +0:39 30:55.0 10 0 6:19.0 1 1 12:46.7 1 0 19:28.0 1 2 26:21.0 3
7 Katrin Apel 28 Germany GER 31:47.9 3 +1:20 30:27.9 3 1 7:19.4 11 0 13:22.1 7 1 20:16.5 10 1 26:47.8 8
8 Andreja Grašič 30 Slovenia SLO 32:01.9 1 +1:14 30:47.9 8 0 6:57.3 4 0 13:03.4 4 0 19:41.8 4 1 26:37.7 7
9 Uschi Disl 31 Germany GER 32:21.2 7 +0:16 32:05.2 26 2 6:52.0 3 2 13:36.1 11 0 20:04.3 9 3 27:20.1 13
10 Ekaterina Dafovska 26 Bulgaria BUL 32:22.6 2 +1:36 30:46.6 7 0 7:15.7 9 1 13:44.6 14 1 20:48.0 12 0 27:06.8 9
11 Olga Nazarova 24 Belarus BLR 32:24.5 1 +1:34 30:50.5 9 0 7:33.5 14 1 14:14.3 19 0 21:00.7 16 0 27:12.7 11
12 Pavlina Filipova 26 Bulgaria BUL 32:35.1 2 +1:39 30:56.1 11 0 7:21.2 12 0 13:31.0 10 2 21:08.9 17 0 27:26.3 14
13 Andrea Henkel 24 Germany GER 32:35.4 1 +2:00 30:35.4 4 0 7:44.2 20 0 13:52.7 17 1 20:55.0 13 0 27:14.9 12
14 Florence Baverel-Robert 27 France FRA 32:39.8 3 +0:47 31:52.8 18 1 7:04.7 8 0 13:18.6 6 0 20:03.6 8 2 27:11.3 10
15 Svetlana Ishmuratova 29 Russia RUS 32:50.3 3 +1:46 31:04.3 12 0 7:38.7 17 0 13:45.3 15 2 21:13.2 19 1 27:45.7 17
16 Gunn Margit Andreassen 28 Norway NOR 32:56.8 2 +1:38 31:18.8 14 0 7:39.3 18 0 13:53.1 18 1 20:56.5 14 1 27:42.6 16
17 Sandrine Bailly 22 France FRA 32:57.2 4 +0:54 32:03.2 25 2 7:41.8 19 0 13:52.2 16 0 20:28.2 11 2 27:42.1 15
18 Martina Jašicová-Schwarzbacherová-Halinárová 28 Slovakia SVK 33:26.4 2 +1:31 31:55.4 20 0 7:21.6 13 0 13:42.3 12 2 21:19.9 20 0 27:57.0 18
19 Anna Bogaly-Titovets 22 Russia RUS 33:40.0 3 +1:44 31:56.0 22 0 7:34.7 15 0 13:43.7 13 1 20:57.3 15 2 28:14.0 20
20 Sanna-Leena Perunka 25 Finland FIN 33:44.5 1 +1:59 31:45.5 16 0 7:52.9 21 0 14:20.9 20 0 21:12.5 18 1 28:10.2 19
21 Soňa Mihoková 30 Slovakia SVK 33:57.4 3 +1:51 32:06.4 27 1 8:07.4 24 0 14:29.0 22 2 22:03.9 23 0 28:29.8 21
22 Kateřina Losmanová-Holubcová 25 Czech Republic CZE 34:04.7 2 +2:33 31:31.7 15 1 8:54.4 41 1 15:40.9 39 0 22:31.9 30 0 28:54.5 24
23 Tamami Tanaka 26 Japan JPN 34:07.7 2 +2:19 31:48.7 17 0 8:21.5 27 2 15:29.7 35 0 22:16.9 27 0 28:42.1 22
24 Hiromi Seino-Suga 28 Japan JPN 34:18.8 1 +2:22 31:56.8 23 0 8:31.7 32 0 14:59.1 25 0 21:57.3 21 1 28:57.3 25
25 Eva Háková 32 Czech Republic CZE 34:20.1 2 +2:28 31:52.1 19 0 8:34.2 33 1 15:22.8 32 0 22:15.1 26 1 29:05.6 26
26 Tetiana Vodop'ianova 29 Ukraine UKR 34:23.0 4 +2:22 32:01.0 24 0 8:21.4 28 1 15:00.7 26 2 22:33.8 31 1 29:13.2 27
27 Corinne Niogret 29 France FRA 34:35.3 3 +1:09 33:26.3 40 1 7:36.9 16 2 15:04.1 27 0 22:13.4 24 0 28:50.0 23
28 Yevgeniya Kutsepalova 23 Belarus BLR 34:40.1 2 +2:45 31:55.1 21 0 8:48.8 36 0 15:07.1 28 1 22:22.4 28 1 29:19.0 29
29 Lucija Larisi 26 Slovenia SLO 34:40.2 4 +2:03 32:37.2 29 1 8:13.7 25 1 14:58.3 24 0 21:59.7 22 2 29:21.8 31
30 Yelena Dubok 25 Kazakhstan KAZ 34:41.5 2 +2:25 32:16.5 28 0 8:26.4 30 1 15:24.6 34 0 22:26.7 29 1 29:28.4 33
31 Irena Novotná-Česneková 29 Czech Republic CZE 34:41.7 3 +1:52 32:49.7 34 1 8:20.4 26 1 15:22.2 31 1 22:42.2 35 0 29:16.5 28
32 Andreja Mali 24 Slovenia SLO 34:46.3 3 +2:04 32:42.3 32 0 8:02.5 22 0 14:29.5 23 2 22:14.0 25 1 29:25.7 32
33 Delphyne Heymann-Burlet 35 France FRA 34:48.4 3 +1:56 32:52.4 35 0 8:02.0 23 0 14:28.3 21 3 22:41.6 34 0 29:19.7 30
34 Magda Rezlerová 19 Czech Republic CZE 35:02.9 4 +2:24 32:38.9 30 1 8:41.8 34 1 15:23.9 33 1 22:35.8 32 1 29:30.1 34
35 Anna Murínová 28 Slovakia SVK 35:14.6 3 +2:29 32:45.6 33 1 8:42.6 35 1 15:30.7 36 0 22:40.1 33 1 29:42.7 35
36 Ryoko Takahashi 28 Japan JPN 35:20.6 3 +2:17 33:03.6 37 0 8:26.8 31 1 15:21.6 30 2 23:10.8 37 0 29:45.4 36
37 Outi Kettunen 23 Finland FIN 35:48.6 4 +2:30 33:18.6 38 1 8:53.7 40 0 15:17.6 29 2 23:10.1 36 1 30:10.8 37
38 Michela Ponza 22 Italy ITA 35:54.7 4 +2:56 32:58.7 36 0 8:52.4 38 1 15:36.9 38 2 23:23.9 39 1 30:28.1 38
39 Ann Elen Skjelbreid 30 Norway NOR 35:56.6 6 +2:33 33:23.6 39 1 8:52.0 37 1 15:33.4 37 2 23:16.1 38 2 30:31.8 39
40 Gro Marit Istad Kristiansen 24 Norway NOR 36:13.9 4 +3:31 32:42.9 31 1 9:57.3 46 1 16:45.9 46 1 23:58.9 42 1 30:48.2 40
41 Mami Shindo-Honma 26 Japan JPN 36:28.6 3 +2:55 33:33.6 41 1 9:36.2 44 0 16:21.0 43 1 24:00.2 43 1 30:58.0 41
42 Saskia Santer 24 Italy ITA 36:41.8 7 +2:30 34:11.8 43 1 8:53.1 39 2 16:00.6 41 2 23:51.6 40 2 31:14.0 42
43 Anna Stera-Kustucz 27 Poland POL 36:59.3 4 +2:43 34:16.3 45 0 8:55.3 42 1 16:05.2 42 2 24:14.0 44 1 31:24.0 43
44 Yu Shumei 24 China CHN 37:02.6 6 +1:49 35:13.6 48 1 8:24.4 29 2 15:55.4 40 3 24:27.1 45 0 31:24.5 44
45 Kara Salmela 29 United States USA 37:07.7 5 +3:03 34:04.7 42 2 9:55.9 45 0 16:26.5 44 1 23:56.3 41 2 31:27.5 45
46 Katja Holanti 27 Finland FIN 37:41.7 6 +3:26 34:15.7 44 2 10:13.0 47 1 17:10.0 47 2 25:03.6 47 1 32:03.4 46
47 Andrea Nahrgang 23 United States USA 38:08.5 3 +3:07 35:01.5 46 0 9:20.5 43 1 16:39.9 45 1 24:39.1 46 1 32:16.8 47
48 Valentina Ciurina 23 Moldova MDA 38:19.7 5 +3:08 35:11.7 47 2 10:20.6 48 1 17:33.4 49 2 25:41.0 48 0 32:29.6 48
AC Anita Nyman 30 Finland FIN +3:36 2 10:27.5 50 2 17:46.9 50 3 26:04.0 49 DNF/lapped
AC Andžela Brice 31 Latvia LAT +3:51 0 10:21.4 49 0 17:32.0 48 3 26:42.1 50 DNF/lapped
AC Dana Plotogea-Cojocea 20 Romania ROU +3:36 2 0 17:50.6 51 3 27:06.1 51 DNF/lapped
AC Rachel Steer 24 United States USA +4:00 2 11:03.3 51 4 19:46.6 52 DNF/lapped