Russian athletes took 9 of the 10 gold medals available at the IBU Summer Biathlon World Championships in Ufa last weekend. While athletes from the Ukraine, Austria, Czech Republic and a few other nations were competing, many other nations held their own national championships on the same weekend or did not send their top athletes. This takes nothing away from this year’s champions, but hopefully the IBU member federations will embrace these championships as an important event in the summer calendar in the future.
The Championships consisted of a Mixed Relay, Sprint and Pursuit competitions with categories for Junior and Senior Men and Women.
Russian teams won the Senior and Junior Mixed Relays comfortably, with the Ukraine in second and the Czech Republic in third.
Olga Zaitseva won the Women’s Sprint, just 2.1 seconds ahead of Vita Semerenko and 18.7 seconds ahead of Olga Vilukhina. Maxim Tchoudov won the Men’s Sprint, with Alexei Volkov in second and Anton Shipulin in Third. The Junior Men’s and Women’s Sprints were won by Alexsandr Pechenkin and Olga Podchufarova.
Vita Semerenko overtook Olga Zaitseva in the final shooting to break the Russian sweep and win the Women’s Pursuit. Zaitseva ended up in second, with Olena Pidhrushna in third. Alexey Volkov won the Men’s Pursuit with only one penalty, as Maxim Tchoudov slipped to second with four penalites and Andrei Makoveev was third. Petr Pashchenko won the Junior Men’s Pursuit, and Olga Podchufarova beat the field again in the Junior Women’s Pursuit.
The complete results of the 2012 IBU Summer Biathlon WOrld Championships are available on the IBU website.