MINSK, 12 March (BelTA) – Iryna Leshchanka of Belarus finished third in the Women's Sprint at the Russian Biathlon Union Cup which is underway in Ufa, BelTA has learned.
The Belarusian shot clean at all the firing stages to finish 11 seconds behind the winner Irina Kazakevich, representing Sverdlovsk Oblast. Second was Kristina Reztsova, a representative of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug.
Dzinara Alimbekava was leading after the first shooting stage, but two penalties at the second stage cost her a medal as she finished fourth, 20.8 seconds back. Belarus' Yuliya Kavaleuskaya placed 21st, Adelina Sabitava 27th, Darya Kudayeva 37th. A total of 50 athletes took part in the race.
The men's and women's pursuits are scheduled for 14 March.