Biathlon at the 2010 Winter Olympics
at the XXI Olympic Winter Games
|Venue||Whistler Olympic Park|
|Dates||February 13–26, 2010|
|Competitors||221 from 37 nations|
|Biathlon at the 2010 Winter Olympics
The men's individual biathlon was notable for the awarding of two silver medals due to two competitors finishing with a tie (48:32.0). No bronze medal was awarded in this event.
||Emil Hegle Svendsen
|48:22.5||Ole Einar Bjørndalen
|24:07.8||Emil Hegle Svendsen
|| Norway (NOR)
Emil Hegle Svendsen
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
|1:21:38.1|| Austria (AUT)
|1:22:16.7|| Russia (RUS)
|| Russia (RUS)
|1:09:36.3|| France (FRA)
|1:10:09.1|| Germany (GER)
A total of ten biathlon events were held at Vancouver 2010:
|4 x 7.5 km relay||4 x 6 km relay|
|10 km sprint||7.5 km sprint|
|12.5 km pursuit||10 km pursuit|
|15 km mass start||12.5 km mass start|
|20 km individual||15 km individual|
|Day 2||Saturday 2010-02-13||13:00||14:10||7.5 km sprint women|
|Day 3||Sunday 2010-02-14||11:15||12:25||10 km sprint men|
|Day 5||Tuesday 2010-02-16||10:30||11:10||10 km pursuit women|
|12:45||13:25||12.5 km pursuit men|
|Day 7||Thursday 2010-02-18||10:00||11:40||15 km individual women|
|13:00||14:35||20 km individual men|
|Day 10||Sunday 2010-02-21||10:45||11:25||15 km mass start men|
|13:00||13:45||12.5 km mass start women|
|Day 12||Tuesday 2010-02-23||11:30||12:40||4 x 6 km relay women|
|Day 15||Friday 2010-02-26||11:30||12:40||4 x 7.5 km relay men|
Athlete quotas: 220 athletes (113 men, 107 women)
A NOC may enter no more than 12 athletes (6 men and 6 women), and no more than 4 athletes per event.
Quotas by events:
- Individual: 88 (men's), 87 (women's)
- Sprint: 88 (men's), 87 (women's)
- Pursuit: 60 athletes1
- Mass start: 30 athletes
- Relay: 20 teams (80 athletes)
1Qualification to the pursuit is based on results from the sprint
All competitors must comply with one of the three minimum qualifications standards set forward by the IBU:
- The athlete must have achieved a time that is less than 20% higher than the average time of the top 3 during a sprint or individual in the European Cup (IBU Cup), including the European championships, during the 2010/2009 or the 2009/2008 season.
- The athlete must achieve a top-half finish in the 2010 or 2009 World Junior Championships.
- The athlete must have participated in a Biathlon world cup or world championships during the 2008/2009 or 2009/2010 season.
- All members of a relay team must comply with those criteria.
All 220 quota places will be awarded using a point ranking combining the 2008 and 2009 Biathlon World Championships.
- Rank 1 to 5: six athletes
- Rank 6 to 20: five athletes
- Rank 21 to 28: one athlete
- Rank 1 to 5: six athletes
- Rank 6 to 15: five athletes
- Rank 16 to 20: four athletes
- Rank 21 to 27: one athlete
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||0||1||1|
|Total: 37 NOCs||112||105||217|
Rejected quota places: Finland earned five spots in both genders, but decided to send only two men and two women. Poland qualified 5 men, but sent only two men. Slovenia had earned 5 spots each, but decided to send only four women and men. Great Britain (women), Belgium (men), the Netherlands (men), and Austria (women) rejected their single spots earned in either men's or women's. Greenland has no NOC, so Greenland's spot earned in men's competition was used by Denmark.
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