Biathlon World Championships 2011

The 44th Biathlon World Championships was held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia from March 3–13, 2011.

There was a total of 11 competitions: sprint, pursuit, individual, mass start, and relay races for men and women, and mixed relay. All the events during this championships also counted for the 2010–11 Biathlon World Cup season.

Championship highlightsEdit

The Championships kicked off with the Mixed relay event which is seeking to make its way onto the Olympic programme for the 2014 games in Sochi. As the first event of the programme, it was finally given importance by the different teams, with all nations fielding their best teams, in difference to earlier world cup events. The Norwegians won it, overtaking Germany on the last leg. The veteran Ole Einar Bjørndalen won his fifteenth world championship gold medal in the process and his first in the mixed relay, giving him a full set of gold medals in the six events that are currently contested.[1]

Tarjei Bø, Martin Fourcade, Kaisa Mäkäräinen and Arnd Peiffer won their first champion titles in career. Martin Fourcade also won a full scope of medals, gold, silver and bronze at these championships.

The surprise medalists included Maxim Maximov of Russia, Tina Bachmann of Germany and Vita Semerenko of Ukraine.

Helena Ekholm literally swept the field in the individual with zero shooting and fast skiing, winning more than 2 minutes over the runner-up Bachmann and making one of the greatest 1–2 place margins in biathlon history.

Schedule of eventsEdit

The provisional timeschedule of the event stands below. All times in UTC+5.

Date Time Men Women
March 3 16:30 Mixed relay
March 5 14:00 / 18:00 Sprint Sprint
March 6 14:00 / 16:30 Pursuit Pursuit
March 8 17:15 Individual
March 9 17:15 Individual
March 11 18:00 Relay
March 12 18:30 / 16:30 Mass start Mass start
March 13 15:00 Relay

Medal winnersEdit

MenEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
20 km individual
details
Tarjei Bø
  Norway
48:29.9
(0+0+1+0)
Maxim Maksimov
  Russia
49:09.9
(0+0+0+0)
Christoph Sumann
  Austria
49:15.4
(0+0+0+1)
10 km sprint
details
Arnd Peiffer
  Germany
24:34.0
(0+1)
Martin Fourcade
  France
24:47.0
(2+0)
Tarjei Bø
  Norway
24:59.2
(1+0)
12.5 km pursuit
details
Martin Fourcade
  France
33:02.6
(0+1+2+0)
Emil Hegle Svendsen
  Norway
33:06.4
(0+0+1+1)
Tarjei Bø
  Norway
33:07.8
(0+0+1+1)
15 km mass start
details
Emil Hegle Svendsen
  Norway
38:42.7
(0+0+0+1)
Evgeny Ustyugov
  Russia
38:47.7
(0+0+0+0)
Lukas Hofer
  Italy
38:57.0
(0+0+0+1)
4 × 7.5 km relay
details
  Norway
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
Alexander Os
Emil Hegle Svendsen
Tarjei Bø
1:16:13.9
(0+0) (0+0)
(0+0) (1+3)
(0+1) (0+2)
(0+1) (1+3)
  Russia
Anton Shipulin
Evgeny Ustyugov
Maxim Maksimov
Ivan Tcherezov
1:16:27.3
(0+1) (0+1)
(0+0) (0+2)
(0+1) (0+0)
(0+3) (0+0)
  Ukraine
Olexander Bilanenko
Andriy Deryzemlya
Serhiy Semenov
Serguei Sednev
1:16:41.9
(0+1) (0+2)
(0+1) (0+2)
(0+0) (0+1)
(0+2) (0+1)

WomenEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
15 km individual
details
Helena Ekholm
  Sweden
47:08.3
(0+0+0+0)
Tina Bachmann
  Germany
49:24.1
(0+2+0+0)
Vita Semerenko
  Ukraine
50:00.4
(1+0+0+2)
7.5 km sprint
details
Magdalena Neuner
  Germany
20:31.2
(0+0)
Kaisa Mäkäräinen
  Finland
20:43.4
(0+0)
Anastasiya Kuzmina
  Slovakia
21:11.2
(0+1)
10 km pursuit
details
Kaisa Mäkäräinen
  Finland
30:00.1
(0+0+0+0)
Magdalena Neuner
  Germany
30:21.7
(0+0+0+2)
Helena Ekholm
  Sweden
31:43.7
(0+0+0+0)
12.5 km mass start
details
Magdalena Neuner
  Germany
36:48.5
(0+1+2+1)
Darya Domracheva
  Belarus
36:53.3
(2+1+0+0)
Tora Berger
  Norway
37:02.5
(2+1+0+0)
4 × 6 km relay
details
  Germany
Andrea Henkel
Miriam Gössner
Tina Bachmann
Magdalena Neuner
1:13:31.1
(0+2) (0+1)
(0+2) (2+3)
(0+2) (0+2)
(0+1) (0+0)
  France
Anaïs Bescond
Marie-Laure Brunet
Sophie Boilley
Marie Dorin
1:14:18.3
(0+2) (0+1)
(0+0) (0+0)
(0+3) (0+2)
(0+1) (0+0)
  Belarus
Nadezhda Skardino
Darya Domracheva
Nadzeya Pisarava
Liudmila Kalinchik
1:15:18.5
(0+0) (0+1)
(0+1) (0+0)
(0+0) (0+0)
(0+1) (1+3)
  1. ^ Ukraine initially finished 2nd with the time 1:13:55.6, but was later disqualified because Oksana Khvostenko – who did the final leg for Ukraine – had too high levels of ephedrine in a doping test. France thus gets the Silver instead of the Bronze medal which now goes to Belarus.[2]

MixedEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
2 × 6 km + 2 × 7.5 km relay
details
  Norway
Tora Berger
Ann Kristin Aafedt Flatland
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
Tarjei Bø
1:14:22.5
(0+1) (0+0)
(0+1) (0+1)
(0+2) (0+1)
(0+0) (0+1)
  Germany
Andrea Henkel
Magdalena Neuner
Arnd Peiffer
Michael Greis
1:14:45.4
(0+2) (0+0)
(0+0) (0+0)
(0+1) (0+2)
(0+2) (0+1)
  France
Marie-Laure Brunet
Marie Dorin
Alexis Bœuf
Martin Fourcade
1:15:38.7
(0+2) (0+2)
(0+0) (0+3)
(0+0) (0+1)
(0+0) (0+0)

Medal tableEdit

Top nationsEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Germany (GER)4307
2  Norway (NOR)4138
3  France (FRA)1214
4  Finland (FIN)1102
5  Sweden (SWE)1012
6  Russia (RUS)0303
7  Belarus (BLR)0112
8  Ukraine (UKR)0022
9  Austria (AUT)0011
  Italy (ITA)0011
  Slovakia (SVK)0011
Totals (11 nations)11111133

Top athletesEdit

All athletes with two or more medals.

RankBiathleteGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Magdalena Neuner (GER)3205
2  Tarjei Bø (NOR)3025
3  Emil Hegle Svendsen (NOR)2103
4  Ole Einar Bjørndalen (NOR)2002
5  Martin Fourcade (FRA)1113
6  Andrea Henkel (GER)1102
  Arnd Peiffer (GER)1102
  Kaisa Mäkäräinen (FIN)1102
  Tina Bachmann (GER)1102
10  Helena Ekholm (SWE)1012
  Tora Berger (NOR)1012
12  Evgeny Ustyugov (RUS)0202
  Maxim Maksimov (RUS)0202
14  Darya Domracheva (BLR)0112
  Marie Dorin (FRA)0112
  Marie-Laure Brunet (FRA)0112
Totals (16 biathletes)1715840

Participating countriesEdit

40 nations will compete.[3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Boe the hero, 15th gold for Bjoerndalen as Norway win". monstersandcritics.com. March 3, 2011. Archived from the original on October 12, 2012. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  2. ^ "Decision in Khvostenko case now final, France receives WCH Relay Silver" Archived October 1, 2011, at the Wayback Machine IBU
  3. ^ Archive for the ‘Participating countries’ Category

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