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Russian biathletes win gold, silver in girls’ sprint event at 2020 Winter Youth Olympics

Earlier in the day, Russia’s Denis Irodov won silver in men’s biathlon sprint event at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games

LAUSANNE, January 14. /TASS/. Russian biathletes Alyona Mokhova and Anastasiya Zenova won gold and silver respectively in the girls’ sprint event on Tuesday at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Switzerland.

Mokhova clocked the six-kilometer distance in 18 minutes 55.5 seconds with a single miss on the firing range to pack the gold for the Russian national team.

Her teammate Zenova also had one miss at the shooting range and raced to win the silver with the final result of 18 minutes 57.4 seconds. Austria’s Anna Andexer won the bronze with the time of 19 minutes 1.6 seconds (one miss at the shooting range).

This was second gold for Mokhova at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics in Switzerland as she won on January 11 the gold medal in girls’ Biathlon 10 kilometers individual event.

Earlier in the day, Russia’s Denis Irodov won silver in men’s biathlon sprint event at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games.

The 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games are hosted by Switzerland’s Lausanne on January 9-22 and are attended by almost 1,900 athletes of age between 14 and 18 representing 79 countries.

Russian athletes currently top the overall medals standings of the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics with 14 medals (five gold, seven silver and two bronze). Russia is followed by hosts Switzerland (five gold, five silver and three bronze) and Japan (three gold, one silver, one bronze) in 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

A total of 81 sets of medals in 16 disciplines are up for grabs in Switzerland this month and they are contested in such competitions as: Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Cross-Country Skiing, Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Luge, Nordic Combined, Short Track Speed Skating, Skeleton, Ski Jumping, Ski Mountaineering, Snowboarding, Speed Skating.

The Youth Olympics are organized every four years, with the Summer Games held since 2010, and the Winter Games - since 2012. The Youth Olympics were preceded by the World Youth Games held under the IOC auspices since 1998. The first World Youth Games were hosted by the Russian capital of Moscow in 1998.