Winter Paralympics preview: Para Biathlon day two

Para biathlon comes back to the Zhangjiakou National Biathlon Centre on Tuesday, 8 March, after a two-day break. Medals in women’s and men’s middle-distance events are up for grabs at the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games.

Here is all you need to know about day two!

SITTING EVENTS

RPC and USA will battle it out for podium places in the women’s 10km sitting event.

Team RPC will bet on Marta Zayullina, silver medallist at PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games and fourth-placed at Lillehammer 2021 World Para Snow Sports Championships.

Irina Guliaeva and Natalia Kocherova will also be in the contention for medal places. Guliaeva is the bronze medallist from the last Winter Paralympics and fifth at the last Worlds in Lillehammer, Norway.

The 32-year-old Kocherova recently won silver at Lillehammer and finished sixth in the 10km event at PyeongChang 2018. She is yet to medal at the Winter Paralympics. Beijing 2022 will be her third Games appearance.

RPC’s athletes will have to be aware of USA’s world champion Kendall Gretsch and superstar Oksana Masters.

Masters took the bronze medal at the Lillehammer 2021 Worlds and is determined to go home with her eighth Winter Paralympics medal.

The defending Paralympic champion Taras Rad of Ukraine will make his second Games appearance in Beijing. He was second-placed at the Lillehammer 2021 and is coming to the Winter Paralympics in fine form.

A large contingent of successful athletes will represent the RPC in the men’s 10km event as well. Ivan Golubkov is the current world champion going to his first Games.

RPC’s odds of having more than one athlete on the podium are great as Danila Britik is another medal contender winning the bronze medal at the recently finished Lillehammer 2021 Worlds.

USA’s PyeongChang 2018 silver medallist Daniel Cnossen will try his best to transform silver into gold after a poor performance in Lillehammer where he finished in 11th place.

STANDING EVENTS

Ukraine’s superstar Liudmyla Liashenko is one of the favourites to gold in the women’s 10km standing event going into her third Winter Paralympics in Beijing. The 28-year-old is a back-to-back world champion and a bronze medal winner in the middle distance from PyeongChang 2018.

Liashenko’s compatriots Iryna Bui and Oleksandra Kononova shared the podium with her in Lillehammer. Bui won silver and is coming to Beijing to try and improve on the fourth place from Pyeongchang 2018. Kononova had to settle for bronze in Lillehammer.

RPC’s Paralympic champion Ekaterina Rumyantseva will try to stop an all-Ukrainian podium in Beijing. She had a disappointing appearance in the 10km standing event at Lillehammer 2021 finishing in only the seventh place.

France’s Benjamin Daviet is the defending Paralympic champion in the men’s event. Only a year after, Daviet became a world champion at Prince George 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships.

Daviet’s winning streak was stopped with the comeback of RPC’s athletes at the Lillehammer 2021 Worlds. Vladislav Lekomtsev won gold with Aleksandr Pronkov taking silver in front of Daviet who settled for bronze.

RPC’s superstar Vladislav Lekomtsev won seven golds in as many events in Norway and is going to Beijing for more of the same.

VISION IMPAIRED EVENTS

New generation is coming from team RPC in the women’s 10km VI event. They dominated the podium at Lillehammer 2021 with all three athletes being under the age of 25.

The new world champion, Vera Khlyzova, is only 20 years old, but won three golds at Lillehammer 2021.

Ekaterina Razumnaia (17-year-old) and Margarita Tereshchenkova (23-year-old) are other serious medal contestants at the Beijing 2022. They will pose a threat for Ukraine’s defending Paralympic champion Oksana Shyshkova who finished only 12th at the last Worlds.

Belarus’s Yury Holub is the Paralympic and world champion in the men’s event. He is the favourite to take another gold medal in his second Winter Paralympics appearance.

Holub will have to face Ukraine’s and RPC’s team to defend the title. RPC’s Oleg Ponomarev is the bronze medallist from Lillehammer 2021. He was absent from the PyeongChang 2018 winning fifth place at his home Games in Sochi in 2014.

Ukraine’s Oleksandr Kazik is targeting the gold medal after winning silver in the event at PyeongChang 2018 in his first Paralympic appearance.

Live results from Beijing 2022 will be available on Paralympic.org. You can follow all the action, behind the scenes and news on World Para Snow Sports social media channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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