Sochi Olympic Games Day two summary

Eleven athletes from the Baltic states took part during the second day in the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.


This event was the most common for the Baltic athletes during the second day in Sochi Olympic Games 2014. Lithuania’s Tomas Kaukėnas finished at the 48th place out of 87 in the Mens Biathlon 10km sprint with time of 26:26.2 minutes. This result qualified him to compete tomorrow in the Men’s Biathlon 12.5 km pursuit event.

The Latvian Andrejs Rastargujevs finished the same event at the 17th place after 25:20.2 minutes in the track. During the shootings, the Latvia’s athlete had only one miss while the Lithuanian had two.

Estonia sent four biathletes to compete in this event. Kauri Koiv finished at the 54th place with three misses and 26:47.1 minutes on the track. Roland Lessing had also three misses but it took him 27:06.3 minutes to finish the race, result that gave him the 66th place. Daniil Staptšenko was the best Estonia’s biathlete after he crossed the line 50th with 26:40.5 minutes on the track with two missed shots. Indrek Tobreluts finished the race after 26:45.5 minutes and took the 53rd place.

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen during the race for the gold |  Photo

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen during the race for the gold | Photo

The winner of the event was Norwegian’s Ole Einar Bjoerndalen who crossed the finish after 24:34.8 minutes. The silver medal went to Austria after that Dominik Landertinger finished second with time of 24:34.8. The third place in the podium took the Czech Republic’s biathlete, Jaroslav Soukup with 24:39.2.



Latvia is the only Baltic state that is taking part in this event during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Inars Kivlenieks finished the first round at the 15th place after he crossed the finish line with 52.872 seconds on the track. At the second run of the day, Kivlenieks took the 20th place with 52.927 seconds. Kristaps Mauriš finished the first round with 53.144 seconds and took the 23rd place while during the second run he improved his times when he crossed the finish after 52.923 seconds which gave him the 19th place. Martinš Rubenis was the most successful among the Latvians when he took the 11th place at the first run with 52.755 and the great seventh place at the second run with amazing 52.560 seconds on the track in Sochi.

Ski Jumping – Men’s normal hill jumps

Estonia is the single Baltic state to send two athletes to compete in this event. Kaarel Nurmsalu qalified to the first round after finishing the qualification stage at the 32nd place with 92.0 meters distance and 106.6 points. The second Estonia’s athlete is Siim Tanel Sammelseng who took the 51st place after he jumped to 73.0 meters distance and got 66.2 points for his jump. This result, unfortunately to the Estonian, was not enough for the next round and he finished his part in this event. Sammelseng will hope to do better results in Men’s large hill jumps.



Aleksejus Podpruginas
Aleksejus Podpruginas is The Baltic Review author based in Israel

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