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Vuokatti 2021: Para Biathlon!

The second and final World Cup of the season got underway on Thursday the 25th of March in Vuokatti, Finland. Some teams made it to this event that missed Planica like Canada, Great Britain and Belarus and some teams didn’t attend like France and the USA.

It’s a stange season to be awarding World Cup winners with just two rounds and some athletes racing one World Cup and not another and some not racing at all. However thats’s the season we have and it’s good that there were at least some races with the Paralympic Games coming up in under a year’s time.

There were only two biathlon races on the schedule and they were the sprint and individual events.

In the absence of Oksana Masters and Kendall Gretsch the women’s sitting races were wide open. The sprint went to Anja Wicker from Germany shooting 10/10. In fact the shooting was sublime with second placed Natalia Kocherova and third placed Irina Guliaeva also shooting zero. Wicker came out on top in the individual too, in front of Kocherova and Marta Zainulllina, meaning she took the overall title and did so by hitting every single target in the 5 races in the season.

The men’s sitting sprint was won by Ivan Golubkov with 9/10, his teammate Danila Britik shot the same in second place and there was a perfect shoot for Taras Rad in third. It was a great day for the British team on the range with all three athletes, Scott Meenagh, Steve Arnold and Calum Deboys, shooting 10/10. With victory in the individual, over Rad and Britik, Golubkov finished the season undefeated and took the overall title.

In the visually impaired (VI) races the biathletes shoot with their ears instead of their eyes by listening for the sound of the laser getting closer and closer to the target. In the women’s sprint it was Vera Khylzova with guide Natalia Iakimova who was victorious. She hit 10/10 to finish ahead of Sviatlana Sakhanenka who is guided by former IBU biathlete Dzmitry Budzilovich. She hit 7/10 but still held off Iuliia Smirnova who shot clean for third place with guide Eduard Berezin. Khylzova won the individual ahead of Oksana Shyshkova and Smirnova to secure the overall title with just 1 missed target all season.

In the men’s VI sprint it was victory for Belarus with Yury Holub with guide, former World Cup biathlete, Vladimir Chepelin. He missed two shots but still beat Stanislas Chokhlaev and Nikolai Polukhin into second and third even though they both hit all 10. Holub didn’t race the individual and so this time Chokhlaev took the win ahead of Iaroslav Reshetynskyi and Vasili Shapsiaboi and with it the overall title.

There were no surprises in the standing races with Vladislav Lekomtsev winning the men’s race to head a clean sweep of the podium by Russia. Vitalii Malyshev was second and Ivan Kodlozerov third. All three men hit 9/10. Victory in the individual, ahead of Gygorii Vovchynskyi and Kodlozerov, meant a clean sweep of the races for Lekomtsev and the overall title.

In the women’s standing it was Ukraine on top of the podium with Liudmyla Liashenko in first place ahead of compatriot Yuliia Batenkova-Bauman both with 9/10. Third place went to Ekaterina Rumyantseva with 7/10. Liashenko also won the individual race with Batenkova-Bauman and Rumyantseva again behind her to take the overall with the pefect season winning all her races.

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Finsterau 2017: Biathlon Sprint!

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Women’s Standing.Kononova,Liashenko,Bui

Saturday was the final day of action for the biathletes at the World Championships in Finsterau. The last day saw the biathlon sprint races take place and some familiar names on the podium.

In the women’s standing race Ukraine’s Liudmyla Liashenko matched her gold medal from the Individual by winning the Sprint title shooting clean. Defending world champion Oleksandra Kononova took silver and Ukraine made it a 1-2-3 with Iryna Bui taking the bronze.

The men’s title in the standing went to Canada’s Mark Arendz. He won by just 2 seconds from another Ukrainian Ihor Reptyukh with France’s Benjamin Daviet getting bronze.

The Ukrainians enjoyed even more success in the visually impaired events as Oksana Shyshkova with guide Vitalii Kazakov beat Germany’s Clara Klug guided by Martin Hartl. Ukraine’s Olga Prylutska with guide Volodymyr Ivanov took another bronze to add to Ukraine’s massive medal haul.

Anatolii Kovalevskyi guided by Oleksandr Mukshyn added another gold in the men’s race. Belarus’ Vasili Shaptsiaboi and guide Mikhail Lebedzeu won the silver and France’s Anthony Chalencon with guide Simon Valverde got the bronze in what was his first ever podium in biathlon.

The USA’s Oksana Masters won the women’s sitting race despite missing 2 targets. Anja Wicker was second taking another medal for the hosts and Belarusian Lidzyia Hrafeyeva grabbed the bronze.

More gold for Ukraine came from Maksym Yarovyi who won ahead of teammate Taras Rad in the men’s sitting. Germany’s Martin Fleig added a bronze to his two gold medals meaning he won a medal in every biathlon race at his home World Championships.

It has been a really good World Championships with Ukraine as the dominant team. However it was also successful for the home team Germany which always helps to make the event enjoyable for the crowd.

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Finsterau 2017: Biathlon Individual!

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Men’s Standing podium. Arendz,Daviet,Ulset.

It’s Valentine’s Day so a great day to show your love for biathlon! It was also the second day of biathlon competition at the World Championships in Finsterau, Germany.

Today was the Biathlon Individual races which means 4 shoots and 15km of skiing for the men and 12.5km for the women.

The first race of the day was the Men’s Sitting and was won by Germany’s Martin Fleig who now becomes double World Champion after winning gold in the Biathlon Middle. He shot 19/20 to beat the Ukraine’s Taras Rad into second place. Norway’s Tryvge Larsen took bronze.

The Women’s sitting race was also won by a German. Anja Wicker repeated Fleig’s shooting score of 19/20 to win her first gold here in Finsterau. Silver went to Lidziya Hrafeyeva from Belarus and bronze was won by Oksana Masters from the USA.

The next races were the men’s and women’s standing events. The men’s race went to France’s Benjamin Daviet who shot 19/20. Mark Arendz from Canada shot the same score to grab the silver medal to add to his gold from the biathlon Middle. Third went to Norway’s Nil-Erik Ulset who missed 2 targets.

There was a big surprise in the women’s standing when Liudmyla Liashenko won the gold medal. The Ukranian missed just 1 target to secure gold. Normally it is her teammate Oleksandra Kononova who wins this race but she finished last missing 9 targets. The silver medal went to Japan with Momoko Dekijima getting her first medal here in Finsterau and bronze went to Iryna Bui of Ukraine.

The final races were the visually impaired races where the biathetes require a guide to help them ski around the course and an acoustic system to help them shoot.

The men’s race was won by Vasili Shaptsiaboi with his guide Dzmitry Budzilovich from Belarus. He missed just 1 target to finish ahead of silver medal winners Anatolii Kovalevskyi and guide Oleksandr Mukshyn from Ukraine. Bronze went to their teammates Vitaliy Lukyanenko and guide Ivan Marrchshak.

The women’s race meant yet another gold medal for the Ukrainian team with Oksana Shyshkova and guide Vitalii Kazakov winning after shooting the perfect 20/20. Silver went to the home nation with Clara Klug and guide Martin Hartl and bronze went to another Ukrainian pair Olga Prylutska and guide Volodymyr Ivanov.

The final biathlon race, the Sprint, takes place on the 18th of February.

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