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Biathlon at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games:

Women's 7.5 kilometres Sprint

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Whistler Olympic Park, Whistler
Date Started: February 13, 2010
Date Finished: February 13, 2010
Format: Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.

Gold: SVK Anastasia Kuzmina
Silver: GER Magdalena Neuner
Bronze: FRA Marie Dorin-Habert

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T M S1M S1T S1R S2M S2T S2R
1 Anastasia Kuzmina 25 Slovakia SVK Gold 19:55.6 1 1 7:00.2 22 0 13:52.7 3
2 Magdalena Neuner 23 Germany GER Silver 19:57.1 1 0 6:38.1 2 1 13:53.1 4
3 Marie Dorin-Habert 23 France FRA Bronze 20:06.5 0 0 6:46.6 4 0 13:50.9 2
4 Anna Bulygina 26 Russia RUS 20:07.7 0 0 6:38.9 1 0 13:38.4 1
5 Yelena Khrustalyova 29 Kazakhstan KAZ 20:20.4 0 0 6:48.1 7 0 13:58.6 6
6 Marie Laure Brunet 21 France FRA 20:23.3 0 0 6:52.6 13 0 13:58.4 7
7 Olga Zaytseva 31 Russia RUS 20:23.4 0 0 6:51.2 11 0 13:54.3 5
8 Darya Domracheva 23 Belarus BLR 20:27.4 0 0 6:49.7 =8 0 14:03.2 10
9 Teja Gregorin 29 Slovenia SLO 20:29.2 0 0 6:54.3 14 0 14:11.4 13
10 Ann Kristin Flatland 27 Norway NOR 20:29.7 1 0 6:47.0 6 1 14:15.4 16
11 Oksana Khvostenko 32 Ukraine UKR 20:38.9 0 0 6:49.7 =8 0 14:00.1 8
12 Helena Jonsson 25 Sweden SWE 20:42.5 0 0 7:00.6 23 0 14:15.2 15
13 Svetlana Sleptsova 23 Russia RUS 20:43.1 0 0 6:42.0 3 0 14:01.7 9
14 Eva Tofalvi 31 Romania ROU 20:45.1 0 0 7:02.9 24 0 14:21.9 19
15 Sandrine Bailly 30 France FRA 20:45.3 2 1 7:10.5 32 1 14:30.5 22
16 Anna-Maria Nilsson 26 Sweden SWE 20:45.5 0 0 7:05.9 27 0 14:21.0 18
17 Lyudmila Kalinchik 27 Belarus BLR 20:46.1 0 0 6:56.7 17 0 14:08.6 11
18 Olena Pidhrushna 23 Ukraine UKR 20:47.3 1 0 6:55.1 15 1 14:23.7 20
19 Magda Rezlerová 27 Czech Republic CZE 20:51.0 0 0 6:57.9 19 0 14:15.9 14
20 Anna-Carin Olofsson-Zidek 36 Sweden SWE 20:53.5 1 1 7:19.9 44 0 14:37.3 24
21 Krystyna Pałka 26 Poland POL 20:54.3 0 0 6:56.6 18 0 14:09.6 12
22 Olga Pylyova-Medvedtseva 34 Russia RUS 21:01.6 1 1 7:06.3 28 0 14:23.2 21
23 Valj Semerenko 24 Ukraine UKR 21:08.3 2 0 6:46.1 5 2 14:37.5 23
24 Veronika Vitková 21 Czech Republic CZE 21:10.9 0 0 6:58.6 20 0 14:19.2 17
25 Diana Rasimovičiūtė 25 Lithuania LTU 21:11.2 2 1 7:23.9 51 1 14:53.5 29
26 Simone Hauswald 30 Germany GER 21:14.1 2 1 7:18.2 42 1 14:49.3 28
27 Andrea Henkel 32 Germany GER 21:15.7 2 1 7:15.6 38 1 14:47.4 27
28 Nadezhda Skardino 24 Belarus BLR 21:17.6 0 0 7:08.4 31 0 14:37.7 25
29 Sylvie Becaert 34 France FRA 21:21.6 2 1 7:15.3 =37 1 14:54.6 30
30 Kati Wilhelm 33 Germany GER 21:27.2 3 2 7:32.4 59 1 15:04.7 36
31 Andreja Mali 32 Slovenia SLO 21:32.6 0 0 7:11.2 33 0 14:39.0 26
32 Song Chaoqing 18 China CHN 21:38.2 2 1 7:19.4 45 1 15:01.3 32
33 Tora Berger 28 Norway NOR 21:42.1 2 1 7:26.1 54 1 15:03.3 35
34 Vita Semerenko 24 Ukraine UKR 21:42.3 3 0 6:49.0 9 3 15:11.5 42
35 Magdalena Gwizdoń 30 Poland POL 21:48.9 2 0 6:56.5 16 2 15:06.2 39
36 Weronika Nowakowska 23 Poland POL 21:49.4 3 0 6:51.9 12 3 15:24.5 47
37 Dijana Grudiček-Ravnikar 31 Slovenia SLO 21:49.7 1 0 7:04.4 26 1 14:57.2 31
38 Katja Haller 29 Italy ITA 21:51.0 1 0 7:11.0 34 1 15:05.1 38
39 Mihaela Purdea 27 Romania ROU 21:52.2 1 0 7:08.3 30 1 15:02.7 =33
40 Janka Gereková 25 Slovakia SVK 21:54.0 3 1 7:14.6 36 2 15:16.5 44
41 Sofia Domeij 33 Sweden SWE 21:55.0 1 0 7:23.0 50 1 15:18.6 45
42 Agnieszka Cyl 25 Poland POL 21:55.2 2 0 7:03.0 25 2 15:09.5 41
43 Michela Ponza 31 Italy ITA 21:55.7 2 1 7:25.7 52 1 15:13.4 43
44 Fuyuko Suzuki 21 Japan JPN 21:58.0 1 1 7:35.0 61 0 15:05.0 37
45 Sara Studebaker 25 United States USA 22:05.3 1 0 7:22.5 48 1 15:27.0 50
46 Megan Heinicke-Tandy 21 Canada CAN 22:07.7 0 0 7:21.4 46 0 15:02.7 =33
47 Karin Oberhofer 24 Italy ITA 22:08.9 3 1 7:26.2 53 2 15:36.1 52
48 Gerda Krūmiņa 25 Latvia LAT 22:09.3 1 0 7:17.4 41 1 15:09.0 40
49 Dana Plotogea-Cojocea 28 Romania ROU 22:12.3 2 0 6:59.3 21 2 15:25.3 48
50 Wang Chunli 26 China CHN 22:13.4 3 3 8:24.3 82 0 15:43.3 63
51 Liu Xianying 32 China CHN 22:14.6 3 1 7:21.9 47 2 15:37.9 53
52 Anna Lebedeva 28 Kazakhstan KAZ 22:15.1 2 0 7:12.7 35 2 15:30.9 51
53 Natalia Levcencova 32 Moldova MDA 22:18.2 2 1 7:37.5 66 1 15:39.1 54
54 Martina Jašicová-Schwarzbacherová-Halinárová 36 Slovakia SVK 22:19.0 2 1 7:23.4 49 1 15:23.7 46
55 Eveli Saue 25 Estonia EST 22:23.3 2 1 7:40.2 67 1 15:42.8 59
56 Selina Gasparin 25 Switzerland SUI 22:23.4 4 2 7:52.4 74 2 15:58.4 69
57 Madara Līduma 27 Latvia LAT 22:23.8 4 2 7:41.0 70 2 15:40.7 =57
58 Marina Lebedeva 24 Kazakhstan KAZ 22:27.0 1 0 7:15.3 =37 1 15:27.1 49
59 Kaisa Mäkäräinen 27 Finland FIN 22:27.3 3 0 7:07.2 29 3 15:44.9 64
60 Zdeňka Vejnarová 28 Czech Republic CZE 22:28.5 2 1 7:37.4 65 1 15:40.9 56
61 Kong Yingchao 27 China CHN 22:30.9 2 1 7:30.6 56 1 15:42.3 61
62 Nina Kadeva-Klenovska 29 Bulgaria BUL 22:32.4 3 1 7:31.8 =57 2 15:46.5 65
63 Mun Ji-Hui 21 South Korea KOR 22:34.1 2 1 7:41.8 68 1 15:42.1 62
64 Kadri Lehtla 24 Estonia EST 22:34.2 2 2 7:58.6 77 0 15:39.8 55
65 Zina Kocher 27 Canada CAN 22:35.8 3 1 7:36.1 62 2 15:59.4 70
66 Gro Marit Istad Kristiansen 32 Norway NOR 22:41.0 5 3 8:07.6 78 2 16:06.5 72
67 Lyubov Filimonova 21 Kazakhstan KAZ 22:44.4 2 1 7:48.4 73 1 15:48.4 66
68 Mari Laukkanen 22 Finland FIN 22:45.0 4 3 8:25.7 83 1 16:13.8 75
69 Līga Glāzere 23 Latvia LAT 22:47.7 1 0 7:32.0 60 1 15:42.0 60
70 Liv Kjersti Eikeland 30 Norway NOR 22:51.9 4 1 7:30.9 55 3 16:06.8 73
71 Veronika Zvařičová 21 Czech Republic CZE 22:52.9 2 0 7:16.3 40 2 15:51.6 67
72 Rosanna Crawford 21 Canada CAN 23:04.6 0 0 7:36.7 64 0 15:40.7 =57
73 Roberta Fiandino 24 Italy ITA 23:11.6 4 3 8:31.1 85 1 16:25.0 77
74 Olga Nazarova 32 Belarus BLR 23:11.7 3 0 7:18.5 43 3 16:10.5 74
75 Tadeja Brankovič 30 Slovenia SLO 23:13.3 4 1 7:45.5 72 3 16:35.7 80
76 Megan Imrie 23 Canada CAN 23:17.0 3 1 7:41.6 69 2 16:15.8 76
77 Laura Spector 22 United States USA 23:18.1 2 1 7:43.0 71 1 16:04.7 71
78 Lanny Barnes 27 United States USA 23:26.0 1 1 7:53.8 75 0 15:56.8 68
79 Žanna Juškāne 20 Latvia LAT 23:32.4 3 1 7:57.4 76 2 16:28.8 78
80 Haley Johnson 28 United States USA 23:35.4 4 1 7:36.6 63 3 16:39.1 81
81 Ľubomíra Kalinová 28 Slovakia SVK 23:47.2 5 3 8:36.1 86 2 16:49.0 84
82 Sarah Murphy 21 New Zealand NZL 23:49.7 3 2 8:19.7 81 1 16:43.4 82
83 Kristel Viigipuu 19 Estonia EST 23:57.1 2 0 7:31.8 =57 2 16:45.5 83
84 Sirli Hanni 24 Estonia EST 23:57.8 2 2 8:30.8 84 0 16:29.9 79
85 Alexandra Rusu-Stoian 26 Romania ROU 24:04.6 4 3 8:44.9 87 1 17:03.9 85
86 Panagiota Tsakiri 19 Greece GRE 24:28.8 3 1 8:18.4 80 2 17:19.3 87
87 Victoria Padial 21 Spain ESP 24:55.5 2 1 8:10.6 79 1 17:15.5 86
88 Tanja Karišik 18 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH 25:24.1 2 2 9:15.0 88 0 17:42.1 88