Biathlon Medal Results and Times from Olympic 2014 Women's 15km Individual

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Biathlon Medal Results and Times from Olympic 2014 Women's 15km Individual
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The women’s individual biathlon event came to a close in Sochi on Friday after a thrilling competition. 84 women participated in the final round, but only three broke through on the biggest stage with podium-worthy performances—including two Belarusians.

Sochi 2014 tweeted out the results:

Darya Domracheva was the top performer and personally brought home yet another gold medal for Belarus after earning gold in the women’s pursuit on Tuesday.

She finished the 15-kilometer shooting and cross-country skiing event in a blazing time of 43:19.6 minutes, by far the best of any competitor.

Sweden’s Selina Gasparin and Nadezhda Skardino, also of Belarus, weren’t able to catch Domracheva, but still showed off their elite marksmanship and outstanding skiing skills on their way to silver and bronze medals, respectively.

Lee Jin-man/Associated Press

Let’s recap how each competitor earned her spot on the podium and check out the final rankings for all competitors who participated in the medal round of the women’s 15-kilometer individual biathlon.

2014 Women's Biathlon 15-kilometer Individual Results
Rank Country Name Time Shooting Total Penalties Total Penalties Behind
1 BLR Darya DOMRACHEVA 43:19.6 0+1+0+0 1 1 0.0
2 SUI Selina GASPARIN 44:35.3 0+0+0+0 0 0 +1:15.7
3 BLR Nadezhda SKARDINO 44:57.8 0+0+0+0 0 0 +1:38.2
4 CZE Gabriela SOUKALOVA 45:17.1 0+1+0+1 2 2 +1:57.5
5 FRA Anais BESCOND 45:34.0 0+2+0+0 2 2 +2:14.4
6 CZE Veronika VITKOVA 45:46.0 0+0+0+1 1 1 +2:26.4
7 UKR Juliya DZHYMA 45:49.9 0+1+0+0 1 1 +2:30.3
8 UKR Olena PIDHRUSHNA 45:59.5 0+0+0+1 1 1 +2:39.9
9 FIN Kaisa MAKARAINEN 46:02.5 0+1+0+2 3 3 +2:42.9
10 POL Krystyna PALKA 46:27.3 0+0+0+0 0 0 +3:07.7
11 SLO Teja GREGORIN 46:38.7 1+0+0+1 2 2 +3:19.1
12 POL Monika HOJNISZ 46:44.3 1+0+0+1 2 2 +3:24.7
13 GER Laura DAHLMEIER 46:45.7 1+0+0+0 1 1 +3:26.1
14 ITA Karin OBERHOFER 46:46.6 0+0+0+2 2 2 +3:27.0
15 RUS Olga ZAITSEVA 47:06.9 0+0+1+1 2 2 +3:47.3
16 NOR Tora BERGER 47:12.6 1+2+0+0 3 3 +3:53.0
17 FRA Marie Laure BRUNET 47:13.6 0+0+0+0 0 0 +3:54.0
18 NOR Tiril ECKHOFF 47:20.4 0+1+1+1 3 3 +4:00.8
19 UKR Valj SEMERENKO 47:28.2 1+0+1+0 2 2 +4:08.6
20 GER Evi SACHENBACHER-STEHLE 47:30.4 3+0+0+0 3 3 +4:10.8
21 ROU Eva TOFALVI 47:30.8 0+0+1+0 1 1 +4:11.2
22 CZE Eva PUSKARCIKOVA 47:34.6 0+0+0+1 1 1 +4:15.0
23 USA Hannah DREISSIGACKER 47:51.7 1+0+0+1 2 2 +4:32.1
24 NOR Elise RINGEN 47:54.0 0+0+0+2 2 2 +4:34.4
25 BLR Liudmila KALINCHIK 48:06.2 0+1+0+1 2 2 +4:46.6
26 FRA Marine BOLLIET 48:12.1 0+2+0+0 2 2 +4:52.5
27 SVK Anastasiya KUZMINA 48:14.1 0+1+0+3 4 4 +4:54.5
28 AUT Katharina INNERHOFER 48:28.3 1+1+1+1 4 4 +5:08.7
29 UKR Vita SEMERENKO 48:29.2 0+0+0+3 3 3 +5:09.6
30 CAN Megan IMRIE 48:32.7 1+0+1+0 2 2 +5:13.1
31 POL Weronika NOWAKOWSKA-ZIEMNIAK 48:35.2 1+1+2+0 4 4 +5:15.6
32 POL Magdalena GWIZDON 48:44.1 1+1+0+0 2 2 +5:24.5
33 SUI Elisa GASPARIN 48:46.9 1+1+1+0 3 3 +5:27.3
34 USA Susan DUNKLEE 48:54.1 1+1+2+1 5 5 +5:34.5
35 BLR Nadzeya PISAREVA 48:55.4 0+3+0+0 3 3 +5:35.8
36 AUT Lisa Theresa HAUSER 48:56.4 0+0+0+1 1 1 +5:36.8
37 SUI Irene CADURISCH 49:01.0 0+0+1+0 1 1 +5:41.4
38 GER Franziska HILDEBRAND 49:06.4 0+2+0+0 2 2 +5:46.8
39 FRA Marie DORIN HABERT 49:06.5 2+1+0+1 4 4 +5:46.9
40 KAZ Darya USANOVA 49:13.5 1+0+0+1 2 2 +5:53.9
41 KAZ Galina VISHNEVSKAYA 49:26.9 1+1+0+0 2 2 +6:07.3
42 LTU Diana RASIMOVICIUTE 49:32.5 1+1+0+1 3 3 +6:12.9
43 ITA Alexia RUNGGALDIER 49:35.6 1+0+0+0 1 1 +6:16.0
44 EST Kadri LEHTLA 49:44.8 1+0+1+0 2 2 +6:25.2
45 ITA Nicole GONTIER 49:51.2 0+1+2+1 4 4 +6:31.6
46 CHN Yan ZHANG 49:57.0 0+0+0+0 0 0 +6:37.4
47 KAZ Elena KHRUSTALEVA 50:00.1 2+1+0+0 3 3 +6:40.5
48 AND Laure SOULIE 50:04.2 1+1+0+1 3 3 +6:44.6
49 RUS Olga PODCHUFAROVA 50:13.3 0+1+0+1 2 2 +6:53.7
50 SVK Jana GEREKOVA 50:20.8 0+1+1+3 5 5 +7:01.2
51 CAN Megan HEINICKE 50:26.8 3+0+0+1 4 4 +7:07.2
52 JPN Fuyuko SUZUKI 50:27.4 0+1+0+2 3 3 +7:07.8
53 RUS Yana ROMANOVA 50:42.1 1+1+2+0 4 4 +7:22.5
54 ESP Victoria PADIAL HERNANDEZ 50:48.5 1+0+1+1 3 3 +7:28.9
55 USA Sara STUDEBAKER 50:53.4 2+1+1+0 4 4 +7:33.8
56 NOR Ann Kristin Aafedt FLATLAND 51:00.0 1+2+0+1 4 4 +7:40.4
57 CHN Jialin TANG 51:03.7 0+1+0+2 3 3 +7:44.1
58 EST Grete GAIM 51:28.5 0+0+0+2 2 2 +8:08.9
59 SVK Martina CHRAPANOVA 52:00.5 2+0+1+2 5 5 +8:40.9
60 CZE Jitka LANDOVA 52:05.7 2+1+2+1 6 6 +8:46.1
61 RUS Ekaterina GLAZYRINA 52:13.7 1+0+2+1 4 4 +8:54.1
62 SUI Aita GASPARIN 52:14.9 1+3+1+0 5 5 +8:55.3
63 CAN Zina KOCHER 53:00.7 1+4+0+3 8 8 +9:41.1
64 USA Lanny BARNES 53:02.2 1+0+1+1 3 3 +9:42.6
65 KAZ Alina RAIKOVA 53:15.6 1+0+1+1 3 3 +9:56.0
66 SVK Terezia POLIAKOVA 53:19.8 0+3+1+2 6 6 +10:00.2
67 CAN Rosanna CRAWFORD 53:29.8 2+1+1+1 5 5 +10:10.2
68 JPN Miki KOBAYASHI 54:01.0 1+2+1+0 4 4 +10:41.4
69 KOR Ji-Hee MUN 54:06.7 0+0+2+1 3 3 +10:47.1
70 HUN Emoke SZOCS 54:12.3 1+1+1+3 6 6 +10:52.7
71 GBR Amanda LIGHTFOOT 54:38.1 1+2+1+1 5 5 +11:18.5
72 BUL Desislava STOYANOVA 54:41.1 1+2+0+3 6 6 +11:21.5
73 EST Johanna TALIHAERM 55:16.5 2+1+0+3 6 6 +11:56.9
74 EST Daria YURLOVA 55:18.0 0+2+2+2 6 6 +11:58.4
75 JPN Yuki NAKAJIMA 56:00.2 3+2+1+0 6 6 +12:40.6
76 BRA Jaqueline MOURAO 57:22.6 1+2+3+1 7 7 +14:03.0
77 CHN Na SONG 59:43.3 0+2+2+2 6 6 +16:23.7
78 AUS Lucy GLANVILLE 1:01:00.7 1+0+1+2 4 4 +17:41.1
LAT Zanna JUSKANE DNF 2+2+2 6 6
BIH Tanja KARISIK DNF 1 1 1
GER Franziska PREUSS DNF 2+3 5 5
JPN Rina SUZUKI DNF 0+2 2 2
FIN Mari LAUKKANEN DNS
ITA Dorothea WIERER DNS

Sochi2014.com

 

Recap

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Every woman who had aspirations of winning a medal for her country had to perform well at each of the four shooting stages, plus shave valuable time by quickly skiing to the next station.

Matthias Schrader/Associated Press

Two of the shooting phases involved going to a prone position and firing whilst lying down in the snow, while competitors had to remain standing for the other pair. Missing any of the targets would result in a harsh penalty of one minute added to the biathletes final time.

Obviously, a premium is placed on hitting each of the targets and that’s exactly what Domracheva did. She missed just one of her 20 attempts and a large reason why she was able to outpace the competition by a large margin.

Mark Rogerson noted that Domracheva was installed as a 9-4 favorite to win this event and easily lived up to expectations:

It was Domracheva’s second gold medal of the 2014 Winter Olympics. She found herself atop the podium after the women’s 10-kilometer pursuit earlier in the week.

Eric Willemsen of The Associated Press (via ABC News) caught the Belarusian superstar speaking about her preparation process at a press conference after the 10-kilometer event:

I was really calm and confident before the race. I was the hope of my country. I didn't read the papers but I felt that everyone had hopes on me. I felt their nerves. But I just tried to be myself and rely on myself as I have a lot of experience.

Gasparin did not miss a single shot on her way to a silver medal, but took too much time lining up her shots, skiing to each station and crossing the finish line. That patience eventually cost her, as she finished 1:15.7 minutes behind the gold medalist.

Skardino made the same mistakes, being too careful and patient on her way to a bronze medal performance. She did not miss a target, but was unable to top the podium with a time better than her fellow countrywoman. The 28-year-old completed the course in 44:57.8 minutes.

Hannah Dreissigacker was the top American finisher in this event. She completed her run with a time of 47:51.7 minutes good for 23rd place in this event.

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Susan Dunklee, coming off an impressive 14th place finish in the 7.5-kilometer sprint, was not able to bring home the first biathlon medal to the United States. She earned penalties at each of the four stations, including a disastrous third stop in which the 28-year-old missed two targets.

Dunklee’s time of 48:54.1minutes was good for 34th place in the 15-kilometer individual, the oldest and arguably most prestigious biathlon event.

 

What’s Next

While the women’s individual has now joined a long list of biathlon events to conclude at the 2014 Winter Olympics, there are still plenty more competitions on the horizon for these incredible snipers on skis to participate in.

The men’s mass start event is the next on tap, which will take place and award a medal on Sunday. That will be followed by the women’s mass start on Monday, which also will result in three medals for the top participants.

Relays will close out the biathlon discipline at the Sochi Games, as the mixed competition takes place on Feb. 19, the women’s on Feb. 21 and the men’s to wrap everything up on Feb. 22.

Bleacher Report will provide instant-analysis and recaps for each of these events, so check back often for the latest biathlon results.

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