IPC Biathlon and Cross-Country SkiingWorld Championships 2011

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Russia has more than 30 medals in its collection

8 medals of the World Championships went to Russian biathletes on the 5th competition day. Now Russia has 33 medals and 13 of them are gold.

In men 7,5 km sprint, sitting, Irek Zaripov made Russia citizens happy again. He shot clean  on both shooting ranges and showed the best time, which is 19:37.0. Kamil Rosiek of Poland managed to get the silver medal. He shot clean, but he was not as fast as Irek and he lost 43 seconds to the winner. Roman Petushkov won bronze. He was taking the lead until the 2nd shooting range, where he missed twice and as a result he managed to cross the finish line only third.

In women sprint, sitting, the Ukrainian biathletes got silver and gold medals. Olena Iurkovska left her teammate Lyudmyla Pavlenko 43 seconds behind. The German biathlete Andrea Eskau finished third, having lost more than a minute to the winner.

Kirill Mikhaylov of Russia was the World Champion in men competition, standing. He took the lead on the first shooting range, but then he became second. On the final part of the race the Russian biathlete managed to catch up with the Norwegian and got the deserved gold. Nils Erik Ulset of Norway became second. He crossed the finish line with the lag of 19 seconds. The bronze medal went to Oleg Balukhto of Russia.

In women sprint of the same category the sport luck was on the side of the Ukrainian biathlete Oleksandra Kononova. She didn’t give a chance to her rivals; she left Katarzyna Rogowiec of Poland 51.9 seconds behind. The Poland biathlete was 1 minute quicker than Loytynoja Maija of Finland, who took the bronze medal.

In the category of visually and hearing impaired biathletes Nikolay Polukhin (with his guide Andrey Tokarev) brought one more golden medal to the Russian collection. Vasily Shaptsiaboi (with his guide Mikalai Shablouski) of Belarus got silver, having lost 31 seconds to the winner. The bronze medal went to Wilhelm Brem (with his guide Florian Grimm); he lost about a minute to Nikolay Polukhin.

In the group of visually and hearing impaired women of the B1-3 class Russian biathletes managed to sweep all the podium places. Elena Remizova became the World Champion. Having missed thrice, she left her rival 45 seconds behind. In the intensive fight Mikhalina Lysova won the silver medal from Tatyana Iljuchenko, who made a mistake on each shooting range.

Today the Russian national team is the absolute leader in the unofficial team scoring of the World Championships. It has 33 medals and 13 out of them are gold. The main rivals of Russian national team are the Ukrainian biathletes, who won 12 medals of the World Championships for their country. The biathletes from Poland and Belarus share the third position in the draw; they managed to win 5 medals each.

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Team standings
     
1 Russia 20 13 15 48
2 Ukraine 8 9 6 23
3 Norway 1 5 3 9
4 Canada 5 2 7
4 Poland 1 5 1 7
6 Germany 2 4 6
6 Belarus 1 2 2 5
8 Finland 4 4
8 Italy 2 1 3
10 France 1 1
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