The first biathlon races of the day have now finished, where athletes competed for medals in the women’s 12.5km and men’s 15km in the sitting category. Gold medals in both events were won by Russian athletes.
In the men’s competition, once again nobody could equal Russia’s Roman Petushkov - a standout performer at these Games. After losing a second at the first shooting round to his countryman Grigory Murygin, Petushkov demonstrated perfect shooting and unprecedented speed in his final lap and moved ahead of his nearest opponent, Andrew Soule of the United States, by almost 2 minutes.
Soule unluckily fell after the fourth target, which ended his chance for a medal and he could only finished fourth in the final standings. Petushkov picked up speed and finished the race in 42 minutes and 20.8 seconds, earning him a fifth medal at the Paralympic Games.
The silver medal went to Grigory Murygin of Russia, who failed to close two targets, but who skied excellently and raced at a high speed. Murygin trailed the leader by 2 minutes and 4.9 seconds. The bronze medal was awarded to Alexander Davidovich, who finished 2 minutes and 25.4 seconds off gold.
In the women’s event, the leaders were in fact already decided after the first shooting round with the leading pack unchanged during the entire race. Clean shooting distinguished Svetlana Konovalova of Russia, Germany’s Anja Wicker and Olena Jurkovska of Ukraine. With lightning speed, Konovalova closed one target after another, which allowed her to finish victorious with a time of 40 minutes and 44 seconds. Silver medalist Anja Wicker completed the race 43.1 seconds later, with bronze medalist Olena Jurkovska trailing the leader by 46.8 seconds.