The biathletes with visual impairments have now concluded the middle distance race at the Laura course.
In women’s 10km race in the visually impaired category, the the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games champion is Russian Mikhalina Lysova with a final time of 30 minutes and 11.5 seconds. Another Russian, Julia Budaleeva, won the silver medal by finishing the race in 30 minutes and 38.9 seconds with one miss. The bronze went to Oksana Shyshkova of Ukraine. She was able to shoot clean on the first range, but missed four targets later along the course and finished 4 minutes and 49.9 seconds after Lysova.
Vitaliy Lukyanenko of Ukraine won the men's 12.5 km. The final meters resembled yesterday's 7.5 km sprint, with the fight for the gold medal between Ukraine's Lukyanenko and Russia's Nikolay Polukhin with Belarus's Vasili Shaptsiaboi coming in third place. Nikolay Polukhin made one mistake at the third shooting range, but still finished top after the last shooting with advantage lead of 1.8 seconds. Lukyanenko shot cleanly and completed the race in 31 minutes and 4 seconds. Polukhin could not overcome his opponent on this occasion and finished trailing by10.3 seconds. Third to finish was Belarus's Shaptsiaboi posting a time of 31 minutes and 59 seconds. The result meant biathlon repeated their sprint achievements: Lukyanenko celebrates a gold double, Polukhin secured his second silver of the Paralympic Games and Shaptsiaboi becomes a double bronze medalist in Sochi.