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Men’s Individual

Men’s Individual

‘Open fire’ for the individual competition

Day two of the 2021 World Cup is devoted wholly to the men’s individual, the Biathlon classic. Five rounds, four shooting ranges: because a whole minute is added on for a missed shot, the biathletes concentrate hard and shoot very carefully along the 20 km-long route.

The individual competition requires very good shooting, in order to avoid a whole minute as a time penalty. Combined with the long distance every biathlete has to run (20km), the individual competition is the most unpredictable discipline. World-class cross-country skiers are also often defeated by very good shooters, who are not that strong skiers. Will us expect a surprise?
Men’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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