Ukraine made a breakthrough in the women's relay at the Biathlon World Cup, avoiding disqualification
Ukraine's women's biathlon team took 8th place in the classic relay at the fourth stage of the World Cup in Oberhof, Germany. Olena Gorodna, Yulia Dzhima, Anastasia Merkushyna and Khrystyna Dmytrenko raced with one penalty lap, falling behind the leader by more than 5 minutes.
Olena Horodna, who replaced Iryna Petrenko at the last minute, could not boast of either accurate shooting or high speed. As a result, the 19-year-old native of Lviv finished her stage in 12th place, losing to the leader in 1.47.8.
Yulia Dzhima was the next to run, and she managed to lift the team to 9th place with only two additional rounds.
Merkushyna failed her stage. Anastasiia couldn't close the target on the rack even with three extra rounds and went for a penalty lap, which dropped the team to the bottom of the peloton (13th place).
Khrystyna Dmytrenko's excellent performance allowed the Yellow and Blues to avoid disqualification as a round robin. Our debutant only missed the vault once, eventually finishing 8th.
As reported by OBOZ.UA, a few hours earlier, the Ukrainian men's biathlon team had a failed relay race. Our team, consisting of Artem Pryma, Dmytro Pidruchnyi, Anton Dudchenko and Vitalii Mandzin, took the penultimate place out of 14 teams that finished.