Swedish Oestersund hosts the first stage of the IBU World Cup; the 15 km individual race among women took place there on December 5. Ukrainian biathlete Yulia Dzhyma created a real fuss on that day.
Dzhyma started 74th of the 103 competitors. The athlete suffered an injury during the race, and even in that condition, she managed to finish second. The 29-year-old native of Kyiv became the only one of 103 competitors who never missed a single shot on all four firing ranges.
The individual event became the first race for Dzhyma in the new World Cup.
"It was tough. I'm excited about my final position. I lagged just a little behind the gold, but this second place is like a victory to me. My leg hurts, but the pain is not as sharp as it used to be in the previous days. I never got prepared for the first stage; I prepared later. It was hard to get my shape in control. Thank God it was an individual race, and one does not need to show its best on the first lap, one can move in his own pace. That's how I did it today. And I just endured the rest on the final lap", Dzhyma commented.
The rest of Ukrainian biathletes finished beyond the top 20. Anastasiya Merkushyna and Vita Semerenko missed three times on the last firing positions and dropped below the 30th place.