Lapshin ends 10-kilometer sprint near bottom of the table
Biathlete Timofei Lapshin finished the men's 10-kilometer sprint in 82nd place at the Zhangjiakou National Biathlon Centre in Zhangjiakou, China on Saturday.
Lapshin crossed the finish line with a time of 27 minutes and 30.8 seconds, 3 minutes and 30.4 seconds behind first place. The Russian-born Korean athlete started the race off fairly slowly, but was able to move up through the pack by the first round of shooting. Lapshin steadily slipped back down the ranking throughout the remainder of the race to finish in 82nd.
Johannes Thingnes Boe of Norway took first place, with Quentil Fillon Maillet of France following in second and Tarjei Boe of Norway in third.
Lapshin's 82nd-place finish in the shorter of the men's biathlon sprint races comes a day after Ekaterina Avvakumova and Kim Seon-su finished 49th and 83rd respectively in the women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint on Friday.
Biathlon events will continue on Sunday with the women's 10-kilometer pursuit and the men's 12.5-kilometer pursuit.
BY JIM BULLEY [email@example.com]