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Women's 12.5 kilometres Mass Start

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Whistler Olympic Park, Whistler
Date Started: February 21, 2010
Date Finished: February 21, 2010
Format: Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.

Gold: GER Magdalena Neuner
Silver: RUS Olga Zaytseva
Bronze: GER Simone Hauswald

Summary

This event saw the leading competitors change with regularity. Early leader was Russia’s Svetlana Sleptsova, but in picking up a total of three shooting penalties, she fell out of contention and eventually finished 14th. Leader at the half way stage was the German Simone Hauswald, who had been close to the leaders from the start. However Hauswald was to miss two targets at the third shooting point, and it seemed as though she had lost her chance of a medal. [Olga Medvedtseva] , shooting flawlessly, took the lead after the third shooting point, but as she wasn’t as strong a skier as other competitors, she was to finish 4th. Working their way up the field were [Olga Zaitseva] and Magdalena Neuner, the German winner of the 10 kilometres event, and were in that order after the final shooting. However Neuner proved to be stronger over the final kilometre to take the gold medal by 5.5 seconds from Zaitseva in a time of 39:19.6. Finishing fast was Hauswald, who just missed the silver medal by 1.8 seconds, and had to be content with bronze. This was Neuner’s second gold medal of the Games after placing second in the sprint race. Later in 2010 she was awarded the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt, Germany’s highest athletic honour. 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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T M S1M S1T S1R S2M S2T S2R S3M S3T S3R S4M S4T S4R
1 Magdalena Neuner 23 Germany GER Gold 35:19.6 2 1 7:13.5 17 0 14:20.0 8 1 21:58.2 8 0 29:02.2 2
2 Olga Zaytseva 31 Russia RUS Silver 35:25.1 1 0 6:59.9 7 0 14:05.2 3 1 21:36.4 3 0 28:54.9 1
3 Simone Hauswald 30 Germany GER Bronze 35:26.9 2 0 6:55.0 3 0 14:01.1 1 2 21:57.4 7 0 29:02.4 3
4 Olga Pylyova-Medvedtseva 34 Russia RUS 35:40.8 0 0 7:00.6 11 0 14:12.5 6 0 21:29.6 1 0 29:04.3 4
5 Teja Gregorin 29 Slovenia SLO 35:49.0 1 0 7:00.3 =9 0 14:08.5 5 0 21:30.8 2 1 29:20.1 7
6 Darya Domracheva 23 Belarus BLR 35:53.2 1 0 7:00.3 =9 0 14:07.3 4 1 21:46.2 5 0 29:13.2 5
7 Sandrine Bailly 30 France FRA 36:02.0 2 0 7:05.7 14 0 14:16.5 7 2 22:24.6 18 0 29:38.6 10
8 Anastasia Kuzmina 25 Slovakia SVK 36:02.9 3 1 7:17.0 18 1 14:48.5 18 1 22:25.4 19 0 29:38.1 9
9 Andrea Henkel 32 Germany GER 36:13.5 1 1 7:20.9 20 0 14:31.1 13 0 21:54.2 6 0 29:16.9 6
10 Helena Jonsson 25 Sweden SWE 36:15.9 2 1 7:23.8 22 1 14:54.6 22 0 22:08.7 12 0 29:34.8 8
11 Ann Kristin Flatland 27 Norway NOR 36:16.0 4 0 6:55.2 4 2 14:44.2 15 1 22:20.0 15 1 29:57.5 16
12 Olena Pidhrushna 23 Ukraine UKR 36:22.8 2 1 7:27.5 26 0 14:46.9 =16 0 22:05.2 11 1 29:54.2 14
13 Anna-Carin Olofsson-Zidek 36 Sweden SWE 36:22.9 4 1 7:25.7 24 1 14:51.4 19 1 22:24.0 17 1 30:03.1 17
14 Svetlana Sleptsova 23 Russia RUS 36:23.3 3 0 6:52.6 1 2 14:46.9 =16 0 22:00.8 9 1 29:48.2 11
15 Marie Laure Brunet 21 France FRA 36:39.5 3 0 6:53.4 2 0 14:01.7 2 1 21:38.8 4 2 29:51.8 13
16 Marie Dorin 23 France FRA 36:40.9 1 1 7:28.6 27 0 14:53.5 21 0 22:19.2 14 0 29:50.7 12
17 Lyudmila Kalinchik 27 Belarus BLR 36:55.2 1 0 7:03.4 13 0 14:27.8 9 0 22:03.5 10 1 29:57.9 15
18 Tora Berger 28 Norway NOR 36:58.3 4 1 7:19.6 19 0 14:30.1 12 1 22:11.1 13 2 30:21.0 20
19 Valj Semerenko 24 Ukraine UKR 37:12.5 3 0 6:59.3 8 2 14:54.5 23 1 22:43.3 23 0 30:12.1 18
20 Krystyna Pałka 26 Poland POL 37:22.6 1 1 7:21.5 21 0 14:53.4 20 0 22:32.7 20 0 30:16.1 19
21 Weronika Nowakowska 23 Poland POL 37:34.0 4 1 7:23.3 23 2 15:21.8 25 1 23:16.0 25 0 30:52.4 22
22 Nadezhda Skardino 24 Belarus BLR 37:38.1 1 0 7:08.0 16 0 14:37.3 14 0 22:23.2 16 1 30:38.8 21
23 Agnieszka Cyl 25 Poland POL 37:54.7 5 0 7:00.9 10 1 14:29.3 11 2 22:40.1 21 2 31:03.0 23
24 Eva Tofalvi 31 Romania ROU 38:00.7 5 0 6:58.0 6 1 14:28.8 10 2 22:41.8 22 2 31:03.5 24
25 Kati Wilhelm 33 Germany GER 38:37.7 5 1 7:25.4 25 3 16:02.2 28 1 24:04.8 28 0 31:47.0 26
26 Andreja Mali 32 Slovenia SLO 38:53.9 4 0 7:07.2 15 2 15:28.4 26 0 23:12.6 24 2 32:01.7 27
27 Yelena Khrustalyova 29 Kazakhstan KAZ 39:01.3 5 2 7:44.8 29 2 16:09.8 29 1 24:25.0 29 0 32:18.4 29
28 Anna-Maria Nilsson 26 Sweden SWE 39:05.8 4 1 7:36.5 28 1 15:47.1 27 1 23:58.7 27 1 32:10.1 28
29 Oksana Khvostenko 32 Ukraine UKR 39:11.0 3 0 6:57.4 5 2 15:14.9 24 1 23:32.6 26 0 31:38.9 25
30 Anna Bulygina 26 Russia RUS 39:17.2 8 4 8:29.4 30 1 16:21.6 30 2 24:32.7 30 1 32:26.5 30