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Women's Individual

Women's Individual

‘Open fire’ for the individualt competition

Day two of the 2022 World Cup is devoted wholly to the women’s individual, the Biathlon classic. Five rounds, four shooting ranges: because a whole minute is added on for a missed shot, the biathlete concentrate hard and shoot very carefully along the 15 km-long route.

The individual has the longest tradition as a biathlon discipline and although there are now other disciplines in which the biathletes compete individually, the name has remained. Especially inexperienced biathletes have respect for this competition because they get a whole minute of penalty time for each mistake at the shooting range - comparatively a lot. Unconcentrated shots thus cost more than twice as much time as in other competitions in which the athletes run a 150m penalty loop - because a good runner can do this in about 25 seconds. So it is essential to avoid mistakes at the shooting range. Who will keep their nerves and still be cool at the shooting range?
Women's Individual
This competition is the longest in the biathlon program, as well as the oldest, with women skiing 15 km and men 20 km. The start interval is generally 30 seconds, but particular conditions allow the jury to opt for shorter or longer intervals. Contrary to all the other formats, there is no penalty loop: each missed target in the individual adds a minute to the final time. Another peculiarity of this format is that the athletes shoot first in prone position, then standing, then prone again and finally standing for a second time in the four shooting stages. The winner is determined by the best time including the added penalty minutes.
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