IPC Biathlon and Cross-Country SkiingWorld Championships 2011

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The 20th gold medal was brought to the national collection by Mikhalina Lysova

The individual biathlon race brought to the Russian team one more medal “harvest”. In the final day Russian biathletes managed to get 3 gold, 1 silver and one bronze medals.

The winner of men race, sitting, became Irek Zaripov again. During four shooting ranges he missed only once and showed the best 12.5 km time, which is 34:51.7.  His teammate Ivan Goncharov showed the second result. Russian biathlete shot absolutely clean, but lost 55 seconds to the winner. Sergiy Khyzhnyak of Ukraine got the bronze medal, having missed twice and lost 2 minutes 27 seconds to Irek Zaripov.

In the women individual race of this category the German national team added the second medal to its collection. The author of the medal became Andrea Eskau, having missed only once and shown the best speed on the ski track. Her main rival Olena Iurkovska of Ukraine had a great chance to win, but having missed for the second time on the last shooting range she failed to surpass the German biathlete’s results. The third time was shown by Lyudmyla Pavlenko, who has lost 1 minute and 56 seconds to the winner.

In the men individual, standing, the Ukrainian biathlete Grygorii Vovchynskyi became the best. He managed to overcome the 12.5 distance in 39 minutes and 3 seconds, having missed only once on the second shooting range. The silver went to the Norwegian biathlete Nils Erik Ulset, who lost only 5.4 seconds to the leader. Yannick Bourseaux of France became the third. He shot clean, but he was 10 seconds slower than Grygorii Vovchynskyi. It’s also worth noticing that Bourseaux’s bronze is the first medal of the French national team.

The Ukrainian biathlete Oleksandra Kononova missed once on each shooting range in the individual race, but still she managed to show her best personal result, which is 49:43.3. The silver medal of the Championships went to Katarzyna Rogowiec of Poland. Having missed 4 times and lost 12 seconds to the winner, she was the second to cross the finish line. The biathlete of Finland Maija Loytynoja was the only one, who shot clean, but she lost 23 seconds to the winner and got the bronze medal.

To the joy of Russian supporters Nikolay Polukhin and his guide Andrey Tokarev won the individual race. The Russian biathlete shot clean at all the shooting ranges and there was no one to compete with him in the race. The main rival of his, Brian McKeever from Canada (guide Erik Carleton), crossed the finish line 1 minute 35 seconds later and he missed twice at shooting. Bronze medals went to the Ukranian biathlete and his guide, Anatolii Kovalevskyi and Borys Babar.

At the women’s visually impaired group the result was also clear. After two misses on the first and the second shooting range the Russian biathlete Mikhalina Lysova was not about to do the “presents” to her rivals. Having overcome 12.5 km for 50 min. 21 sec. she got the 20th gold for Russian’s collection. The silver went to Oksana Shyshkova, who finished two minutes after the winner. Tatyana Iljuchenko of Russia won the bronze of the Championships.

During the World Championships in Khanty-Mansiysk the Russian national team managed to get 48 medals. To compare, during the previous Championships in Vuokatti (Finland) in 2009 the Russian team won 46 medals. The Ukrainian team also performed well. They got 23 medals. The Norway team finished their participation on the 3rd position in the official team scoring.

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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