Biathlon World Championships 2008

The 42nd Biathlon World Championships were held in Östersund, Sweden from 8 to 17 February 2008. It was the second time Östersund was hosting the Biathlon World Championships, the first being in 1970. It was also 50 years after the first Biathlon World Championships, which were held 1958 in Saalfelden, Austria.

Biathlon World Championships 2008
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Official image
Host cityÖstersund
CountrySweden
Events11
Opening ceremony8 February 2008 (2008-02-08)
Closing ceremony17 February 2008 (2008-02-17)
Main venueÖstersund Ski Stadium
Östersund Ski Stadium

There were a total of 11 competitions: sprint, pursuit, individual, mass start, and relay races for men and women, and the relatively new mixed relay. The championships were dominated by the German, Norwegian, and Russian teams, which would win every competition and 28 of the 33 available medals.

ScheduleEdit

Date Event
9 February Women's 7.5 km sprint
Men's 10 km sprint
10 February Women's 10 km pursuit
Men's 7.5 km pursuit
12 February 2 × 6 km + 2 × 7.5 km relay
14 February Women's 15 km individual
Men's 20 km individual
16 February Men's 4 × 7.5 km relay
Women's 12.5 km mass start
17 February Men's 15 km mass start
Women's 4 × 6 km relay

Medal winnersEdit

Men's resultsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
20 km individual[1]
details
Emil Hegle Svendsen
  Norway
51:51.9
(0+1+0+0)
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
  Norway
52:23.3
(1+1+0+0)
Maxim Maksimov
  Russia
52:26.7
(0+0+0+0)
10 km sprint[2]
details
Maxim Tchoudov
  Russia
22:25.4
(0+0)
Halvard Hanevold
  Norway
22:45.2
(0+0)
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
  Norway
22:55.4
(0+2)
12.5 km pursuit[3]
details
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
  Norway
31:04.5
(0+1+1+0)
Maxim Tchoudov
  Russia
31:14.6
(2+0+2+0)
Alexander Wolf
  Germany
31:47.3
(0+0+1+0)
15 km mass start[4]
details
Emil Hegle Svendsen
  Norway
36:12.6
(1+0+0+0)
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
  Norway
36:13.0
(0+0+1+0)
Maxim Tchoudov
  Russia
36:37.5
(0+1+2+0)
4 x 7.5 km relay[5]
details
  Russia
Ivan Tcherezov
Nikolay Kruglov
Dmitry Yaroshenko
Maxim Tchoudov
1:21:00.7
(0+0) (0+1)
(0+0) (0+2)
(0+0) (0+1)
(0+0) (0+1)
  Norway
Emil Hegle Svendsen
Rune Bratsveen
Halvard Hanevold
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
1:21:49.9
(0+0) (0+1)
(0+0) (0+3)
(0+1) (0+2)
(0+0) (0+0)
  Germany
Michael Rösch
Alexander Wolf
Andreas Birnbacher
Michael Greis
1:22:43.2
(0+0) (1+3)
(0+0) (0+1)
(0+2) (1+3)
(0+3) (0+2)

Women's resultsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
15 km individual[6]
details
Ekaterina Iourieva
  Russia
44:23.8
(0+0+0+0)
Martina Glagow
  Germany
45:37.1
(1+0+0+0)
Oksana Khvostenko
  Ukraine
46:48.2
(0+0+1+0)
7.5 km sprint[7]
details
Andrea Henkel
  Germany
19:43.1
(0+0)
Albina Akhatova
  Russia
19:55.8
(0+0)
Oksana Khvostenko
  Ukraine
20:06.3
(0+0)
10 km pursuit[8]
details
Andrea Henkel
  Germany
28:56.0
(0+0+0+0)
Ekaterina Iourieva
  Russia
29:16.5
(0+0+0+0)
Albina Akhatova
  Russia
29:34.5
(0+0+0+0)
12.5 km mass start[9]
details
Magdalena Neuner
  Germany
39:36.5
(0+0+2+2)
Tora Berger
  Norway
39:39.5
(1+0+0+0)
Ekaterina Iourieva
  Russia
40:06.0
(1+0+1+0)
4 x 6 km relay[10]
details
  Germany
Martina Glagow
Andrea Henkel
Magdalena Neuner
Kati Wilhelm
1:10:12.6
(0+0) (0+0)
(0+0) (0+0)
(0+2) (1+3)
(0+2) (0+2)
  Ukraine
Oksana Yakovleva
Vita Semerenko
Valj Semerenko
Oksana Khvostenko
1:10:43.5
(0+0) (0+0)
(0+0) (0+2)
(0+0) (0+2)
(0+0) (0+0)
  France
Delphyne Peretto
Marie-Laure Brunet
Sylvie Becaert
Sandrine Bailly
1:11:48.3
(0+1) (0+1)
(0+0) (1+3)
(0+1) (1+3)
(0+2) (0+2)

MixedEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
2 × 6 km + 2 × 7.5 km relay[11]
details
  Germany
Sabrina Buchholz
Magdalena Neuner
Andreas Birnbacher
Michael Greis
1:12:20.5
(0+0) (0+0)
(0+0) (0+2)
(0+1) (0+2)
(0+0) (0+1)
  Belarus
Liudmila Kalinchik
Darya Domracheva
Rustam Valiullin
Sergey Novikov
1:13:13.1
(0+0) (0+1)
(0+0) (0+1)
(0+0) (0+0)
(0+0) (0+2)
  Russia
Svetlana Sleptsova
Oksana Neupokoeva
Nikolay Kruglov
Dmitry Yaroshenko
1:13:23.4
(0+0) (0+0)
(0+0) (0+2)
(1+3) (0+2)
(0+0) (0+2)

Medal summaryEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Germany (GER)5128
2  Norway (NOR)3519
3  Russia (RUS)33511
4  Ukraine (UKR)0123
5  Belarus (BLR)0101
6  France (FRA)0011
Totals (6 nations)11111133

ReferencesEdit

  • "Results of the 2008 World Championships, Östersund (SWE), 8–17 Feb 2008". International Biathlon Union. Archived from the original on 13 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-14.

External linksEdit

  Media related to 2008 Biathlon World Championships at Wikimedia Commons