Biathlon World Championships 2008

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Stadium
Arctura is located at the ski stadium

The 42nd Biathlon World Championships were held in Östersund in Jämtland in central Sweden from February 8 to February 17, 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.

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.

The 2009 Biathlon World Championships will be held from February 13 to February 22 in Pyeongchang in South Korea.

Opening ceremony[edit]

  • Date / Time: Fri February 8, 2008 / 19:00 CET

Men's results[edit]

20 km individual[edit]

  • Date / Start Time: Thu February 14, 2008 / 17:15 CET
Medal Name Nation Penalties Result Behind
Med 1.png Emil Hegle Svendsen  NOR 0 + 1 + 0 + 0 51:51.9
Med 2.png Ole Einar Bjørndalen  NOR 1 + 1 + 0 + 0 52:23.3 +31.4
Med 3.png Maxim Maksimov  RUS 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 52:26.7 +34.8
4 Simon Fourcade  FRA 0 + 0 + 0 + 1 52:57.3 +1:05.4
5 Maxim Tchoudov  RUS 3 + 0 + 0 + 0 53:13.9 +1:22.0
6 Christian de Lorenzi  ITA 0 + 1 + 0 + 0 53:26.6 +1:34.7
7 Zdenek Vitek  CZE 0 + 1 + 0 + 1 53:32.5 +1:40.6
8 Rustam Valiullin  BLR 0 + 1 + 1 + 0 53:40.5 +1:48.6
9 Andriy Deryzemlya  UKR 0 + 0 + 1 + 0 53:52.0 +2:00.1
10 Michal Slesingr  CZE 0 + 0 + 1 + 0 53:55.6 +2:03.7

10 km sprint[edit]

  • Date / Start Time: Sat February 9, 2008 / 14:15 CET
Medal Name Nation Penalties Result Behind
Med 1.png Maxim Tchoudov  RUS 0 + 0 22:25.4
Med 2.png Halvard Hanevold  NOR 0 + 0 22:45.2 +19.8
Med 3.png Ole Einar Bjørndalen  NOR 0 + 2 22:55.4 +30.0
4 Ivan Tcherezov  RUS 0 + 1 23:01.2 +35.8
5 Michael Rösch  GER 0 + 1 23:08.9 +43.5
6 Michal Slesingr  CZE 0 + 0 23:21.1 +55.7
7 Daniel Graf  GER 1 + 0 23:23.9 +58.5
8 Andreas Birnbacher  GER 0 + 0 23:25.8 +1:00.4
9 Tim Burke  USA 0 + 1 23:30.4 +1:05.0
10 Dmitri Yaroshenko  RUS 0 + 2 23:31.0 +1:05.6

12.5 km pursuit[edit]

  • Date / Start Time: Sun February 10, 2008 / 14:15 CET
Medal Name Nation Penalties Result Behind
Med 1.png Ole Einar Bjørndalen  NOR 0 + 1 + 1 + 0 31:04.51
Med 2.png Maxim Tchoudov  RUS 2 + 0 + 2 + 0 31:14.60 +10.1
Med 3.png Alexander Wolf  GER 0 + 0 + 1 + 0 31:47.39 +42.8
4 Dmitri Yaroshenko  RUS 1 + 1 + 0 + 0 31:54.59 +50.0
5 Michal Slesingr  CZE 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 31:57.07 +52.5
6 Simon Fourcade  FRA 0 + 0 + 1 + 0 31:57.10 +52.6
7 Michael Rösch  GER 0 + 0 + 1 + 1 32:02.56 +58.0
8 Ivan Tcherezov  RUS 0 + 1 + 1 + 1 32:02.76 +58.2
9 Halvard Hanevold  NOR 0 + 0 + 1 + 1 32:03.09 +58.5
10 Tim Burke  USA 0 + 0 + 2 + 0 32:23.18 +1:18.6

15 km mass start[edit]

  • Date / Start Time: Sun February 17, 2008 / 12:00 CET
Medal Name Nation Penalties Result Behind
Emil Hegle Svendsen  NOR 1 – 0 – 0 – 0 36:12.6
Ole Einar Bjørndalen  NOR 0 – 0 – 1 – 0 36:13.0 +0.4
Maxim Tchoudov  RUS 0 – 1 – 2 – 0 36:37.5 +24.9

4 × 7.5 km relay[edit]

  • Date / Start Time: Sat February 16, 2008 / 12:00 CET
Medal Name Nation Penalties Result Behind
Ivan Cherezov
Nikolay Kruglov, Jr.
Dmitry Yaroshenko
Maxim Tchoudov
 RUS 0+0 – 0+1
0+0 – 0+2
0+0 – 0+1
0+0 – 0+1
1:21:00.7
Emil Hegle Svendsen
Rune Bratsveen
Halvard Hanevold
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
 NOR 0+0 – 0+1
0+0 – 0+3
0+1 – 0+2
0+0 – 0+0
1:21:49.9 +49.2
Michael Rösch
Alexander Wolf
Andreas Birnbacher
Michael Greis
 GER 0+0 – 1+3
0+0 – 0+1
0+2 – 1+3
0+3 – 0+2
1:22:43.2 +1:42.5

Women's results[edit]

15 km individual[edit]

  • Date / Start Time: Thu February 14, 2008 / 14:05 CET
Medal Name Nation Penalties Result Behind
Ekaterina Iourieva  RUS 0 – 0 – 0 – 0 44:23.8
Martina Glagow  GER 1 – 0 – 0 – 0 45:37.1 +1:13.3
Oksana Khvostenko  UKR 0 – 0 – 1 – 0 46:48.2 +2:24.4

7.5 km sprint[edit]

  • Date / Start Time: Sat February 9, 2008 / 11:00 CET
Medal Name Nation Penalties Result Behind
Andrea Henkel  GER 0 – 0 19:43.1
Albina Akhatova  RUS 0 – 0 19:55.8 +12.7
Oksana Khvostenko  UKR 0 – 0 20:06.3 +23.2

10 km pursuit[edit]

  • Date / Start Time: Sun February 10, 2008 / 12:00 CET
Medal Name Nation Penalties Result Behind
Andrea Henkel  GER 0 – 0 – 0 – 0 28:56.0
Ekaterina Iourieva  RUS 0 – 0 – 0 – 0 29:16.5 +20.5
Albina Akhatova  RUS 0 – 0 – 0 – 0 29:34.5 +38.5

12.5 km mass start[edit]

  • Date / Start Time: Sat February 16, 2008 / 15:00 CET
Medal Name Nation Penalties Result Behind
Magdalena Neuner  GER 0 – 0 – 2 – 2 39:36.5
Tora Berger  NOR 1 – 0 – 0 – 0 39:39.5 +3.0
Ekaterina Iourieva  RUS 1 – 0 – 1 – 0 40:06.0 +29.5

4 × 6 km relay[edit]

  • Date / Start Time: Sun February 17, 2008 / 14:30 CET
Medal Name Nation Penalties Result Behind
Martina Glagow
Andrea Henkel
Magdalena Neuner
Kati Wilhelm
 GER 0+0 – 0+0
0+0 – 0+0
0+2 – 1+3
0+2 – 0+2
1:10:12.6
Oksana Yakovleva
Vita Semerenko
Valj Semerenko
Oksana Khvostenko
 UKR 0+0 – 0+0
0+0 – 0+2
0+0 – 0+2
0+0 – 0+0
1:10:43.5 +30.9
Delphine Peretto
Marie-Laure Brunet
Sylvie Becaert
Sandrine Bailly
 FRA 0+1 – 0+1
0+0 – 1+3
0+1 – 1+3
0+2 – 0+2
1:11:48.3 +1:35.7

Mixed[edit]

Medal ceremony for the Mixed Relay

2 × 6 km + 2 × 7.5 km relay[edit]

  • Date / Start Time: Tue February 12, 2008 / 14:15 CET
Medal Name Nation Penalties Result Behind
Sabrina Buchholz
Magdalena Neuner
Andreas Birnbacher
Michael Greis
 GER 0+0 – 0+0
0+0 – 0+2
0+1 – 0+2
0+0 – 0+1
1:12:20.5
Liudmila Kalinchik
Darya Domracheva
Rustam Valiullin
Sergey Novikov
 BLR 0+0 – 0+1
0+0 – 0+1
0+0 – 0+0
0+0 – 0+2
1:13:13.1 +52.6
Svetlana Sleptsova
Oksana Neupokoeva
Nikolay Kruglov, Jr.
Dmitry Yaroshenko
 RUS 0+0 – 0+0
0+0 – 0+2
1+3 – 0+2
0+0 – 0+2
1:13:23.4 +1:02.9

Medal table[edit]

Place Nation Total
1  Germany 5 1 2 8
2  Norway 3 5 1 9
3  Russia 3 3 5 11
4  Ukraine 0 1 2 3
5  Belarus 0 1 0 1
6  France 0 0 1 1

Medal summary[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Women's 7.5 km sprint  Andrea Henkel (GER)  Albina Akhatova (RUS)  Oksana Khvostenko (UKR)
Men's 10 km sprint  Maxim Tchoudov (RUS)  Halvard Hanevold (NOR)  Ole Einar Bjørndalen (NOR)
Women's 10 km pursuit  Andrea Henkel (GER)  Ekaterina Iourieva (RUS)  Albina Akhatova (RUS)
Men's 12.5 km pursuit  Ole Einar Bjørndalen (NOR)  Maxim Tchoudov (RUS)  Alexander Wolf (GER)
2 × 6 km + 2 × 7.5 km mixed relay  Germany  Belarus  Russia
Women's 15 km individual  Ekaterina Iourieva (RUS)  Martina Glagow (GER)  Oksana Khvostenko (UKR)
Men's 20 km individual  Emil Hegle Svendsen (NOR)  Ole Einar Bjørndalen (NOR)  Maxim Maksimov (RUS)
Men's 4 × 7.5 km relay  Russia  Norway  Germany
Women's 12.5 km mass start  Magdalena Neuner (GER)  Tora Berger (NOR)  Ekaterina Iourieva (RUS)
Men's 15 km mass start  Emil Hegle Svendsen (NOR)  Ole Einar Bjørndalen (NOR)  Maxim Tchoudov (RUS)
Women's 4 × 6 km relay  Germany  Ukraine  France

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