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09 February 2022, 16:19

Belarus' Anton Smolski awarded Olympic silver

Anton Smolski. Photo courtesy of Belarus' NOC
Anton Smolski. Photo courtesy of Belarus' NOC

BEIJING, 9 February (BelTA) - The Zhangjiakou Medals Plaza hosted the awards ceremony for the medalists in the men's individual biathlon race, where Belarus' Anton Smolski won silver, BelTA has learned.

The Belarusian biathlete covered the 20km distance in a perfect style finishing second. It is the first medal for the Belarusian team at the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing. France's Quentin Fillon Maillet claimed gold. Bronze went to Johannes Boe of Norway. The medals were presented by member of the International Olympic Committee, famous French rower and Olympic champion Jean-Christophe Rolland, and member of the Executive Board of the International Biathlon Union Ivor Lehotan of Slovakia. In addition to medals, for the first time in history, the champion and medalists were presented with bouquets of flowers handmade from cashmere, which corresponds to one of the main principles of the current Games - environmental friendliness and reasonable consumption.

The 25-year-old native of Kopyl District competed in the most difficult biathlon race on 8 February. For the first time in his career Anton hit all the 20 targets on four shooting ranges in the individual race. It was his accurate shooting that earned him his silver medal at the Olympic track in Zhangjiakou.

Photos by Andrei Pokumeiko and Belarus' NOC

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