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Victorious doublet Russian biathletes

February 13 2006

On the eve of the Turin have launched biathletes. From shooting skiers literally everything - from the ordinary fans to sports officials - were expecting medals. Desire to receive awards in the individual women's race has increased many times after the best of men finished only fourth. And the Russians have not deceived hopes, clearly exceeded the plan.

In total, start 15-kilometer individual race went 82 athletes, but almost all of them have received the first number. In the end, closing the group's strongest Olympic champion in 1998 Ekaterina Dafovska of Bulgaria started the 47 th. As for Russians, then Svetlana Ishmuratova went the distance 15th, Albina Akhatova - 26 th, Anna Bogaliy-Titovets - 28 th and Olga Pyleva - 44th. Main candidate for this victory - the leader of this season Kate Wilhelm of Germany got the 6 th issue, her compatriot Andrea Henkel, Ursula Dizl and Martina Glagow - 10 th, 18-1 and 32-th.

Winners of the last two World Cups Liv-Grete Poiree of Norway and the Frenchwoman Sandrine Beyi gone the distance the 27 th and 38 th issue. Olena Zubrilova of Belarus went to the path of the 11 th. You can mention Chinese woman Liu Syanin, Swede Anna-Carin Olofsson and another Norwegian Linda Cherhom. So, these dozen athletes and should play the podium.

From the very first meters of the race Wilhelm made clear that it is not in vain virtually unparalleled in the year. Two fire milestone for sure, and going after her, Svetlana Ishmuratova lags by 17 seconds. Y Sandrine Beyi race is not given, Albina Akhatova and Olga Pyleva missed at the first shooting range, a friend of Wilhelm of the German team also admit mistakes. It seems that the pace of leader this season, can withstand only Liv-Grete Poiree, seeking revenge for the failure of his French wife of Raphael in the men's race. And run fast and shoot accurately. Who - Germany and Norway? Well, the odds of a bronze is not lost - our athletes, except Bogaliy-Titovets, the second line have been accurately preserved the chances for a medal.

But biathlon - that is what the biathlon, that it overnight, it gets turned on its head. Wilhelm admits three misses and loses all chances. Ishmuratova too is not without misfires. Beside her, also had time to settle on time to miss Akhatova, dust and Glagow. Slightly ahead is still flawless at the shooting Olympic champion at the distance Andrea Henkel, who, though not running too fast. On the other hand continues its flight to ski Madame Poiret - it seems that even one mistake will not prevent her to bring a family piggy bank first Olympic gold award.

All sort through the fourth firing line. Ishmuratova impeccable, and once detached from all rivals. Akhatova and Glagow makes one inaccurate shot, but Albina while running faster and ahead of the German woman in nine seconds. And what Poiret and Henkel? And they are in the form loomed ahead of Olympic gold wavered. Reigning Olympic champion sends a "milk" two shots, and "Fly Norwegian - three. We are waiting for Olga Pyleva. She shoots brilliantly and is wedged between Ishmuratova and Akhatova. Three Russian women on top - even on such a dream was not necessary.

One after another dull finish Germans and their campaign diluted Ishmuratova. After misses Poiret and Henkel, it became clear that the gold she did not rob anybody. That finishes Akhatova, Pyleva is working fine. But here on the final lap jogging works wonders Martina Glagow. Losing Akhatova after the fourth firing line 9 seconds at the finish, it brings 21.Soon, however, Olga Pyleva draws the winning double, and "fly in the ointment" of the Germans does not taste of victory double less sweet.

"I'm really happy. Only very tired, and there are no forces violently happy. It was too difficult to obtain for me this race. No time and space to breathe. Then lift, where to work, and then immediately a steep descent, which is not relaxing. So it went. Generally, the tension in the race was high. Not without reason so many Germans missed "- said in an interview with a happy Ishmuratova" Pravde.Ru. According to her win helped her that she was able to quickly pull myself together after approval slip.

Well, the initiative is in the biathlon. It remains only to Russians were not surprised pryti own and not given to the remaining races. Not bad also male biathletes show that they are not forgotten how to win Olympic gold medals. And then the Olympic victory for 12 years circumvent them by.


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