Biathlon World Championships 2008

The 42 Biathlon World Championships were held until 17 February 2008 at Östersund, Sweden on 8.

At the Congress of the International Biathlon Union the town had already begun on the first ballot by an absolute majority of votes 30:11 host the Biathlon World Championships 2008 against Pyeongchang (South Korea) by.

The Youth and Junior World Championships were held February 2 in Ruhpolding Germany on 25 January.

  • 3.1 Sprint 10 km
  • 3.2 persecution 12.5 km
  • 3.3 Individual 20 km
  • 3.4 Season 4 x 7.5 km
  • 3.5 Mass Start 15 km
  • 4.1 Sprint 7.5 km
  • 4.2 10 km pursuit
  • 4.3 Individual 15 km
  • 4.4 Mass Start 12.5 km
  • 4.5 Season 4 x 6 km
  • 5.1 Season 2 x 6 km 2 x 7.5 km

Starting places

The following list indicates how many athletes can report the maximum listed nations for the title fights. However, Open to a maximum of four participants per nation and race. The defending champion from Sprint, individual and mass start will receive a personal right to start in the respective disciplines and therefore do not fall under the respective national quota.


Medal Tally



35 athletes from six nations won medals.

Sprint 10 km

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2008, 14:15 Clock It started 114 athletes.

Persecution 12.5 km

Date: Sunday, February 10, 2008, 14:15 Clock All 60 qualified biathletes were on.

Single 20 km

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2008, 17:15 Clock There were registered 112 starters, two of which did not go to the start and did not finish the race. For the first time in its 50-year history of Biathlon World Championships, a decision was held under floodlights, which had actually been a day earlier provided for the individual competition of the women.

Season 4 x 7.5 km

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2008, 12:00 Clock

Mass Start 15 km

Date: Sunday, February 17, 2008, 12:00 Clock


Sprint 7.5 km

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2008 at 11:00 clock There were registered 96 starters, Zdenka Vejnarová from the Czech Republic and Andrijana Stipanicic from Croatia were not at the start.

10 km pursuit

Date: Sunday, February 10, 2008, 12:00 Clock Four of the 60 runners were not authorized to start. A outsell biathlete was taken out of the race.

Single 15 km

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2008 14.05 clock

The originally planned as a floodlit Premiere at World Championships competition was delayed for a day because of stormy wind.

Mass Start 12.5 km

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2008, 15:00 Clock

Season 4 x 6 km

Date: Sunday, February 17, 2008, 14:30 Clock

The German squadron was traded as the favorite before the race before the Russians. The Germans went as defending champions and unbeaten for more than twelve months in the same composition as in last year's victory at the start. In the first round, the Italians were able to keep up with the Germans, but they fell back after the second change and the race has already been decided between the first and second change. While the Russian Achatowa the firing pin of the rifle broke and their season so meanwhile 2:16 minutes behind einhandelte on the front of the field, won the German gymnasts with 20 hits in the first four bouts of shooting up to the second change almost a minute ahead of the following Ukrainians. The streaky shooting results of the last two German runners Neuner (6 errors and one penalty ) and Wilhelm ( four errors without penalty ) could not jeopardize the victory of the Germans, as the following Ukrainians, although very safe were in shooting range and so the gap between time were able to reduce up to 15 seconds, but they were inferior long runs driven. The other squadrons were, however, by poor shooting performance ever further back, so that the Russians could overtake the lying in third place by then White Russians with the strong final leg Jurjewa after the final standing shooting; Russia's final leg but was caught and overtaken in the final kilometer or by the French Bailly.


Season 2 x 6 km 2 x 7.5 km

Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2008, 14:15 Clock