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Bulgarian Evgeniya Radanova ranked for the 500m short track quarter finals and Greek Panagiota Tsakiri ranked 86th in 7.5km biathlon

15 February 2010 / 12:02:37  GRReporter
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Greek Olympic athlete Panagiota Tsakiri ranked 86th on the 7.5km Biathlon (Sprint) during the 21st Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The gold medal was taken by the Slovenian Anastasia Kuzmin, the silver by the German Neuner, and the bronze by the Frenchwoman Dorin. Bulgarian athlete Evgenia Radanova managed to qualify for the quarterfinals of Short track speed skating - 500 meter. The Olympic triple medalist won the eighth series with time of 45.125 by leading the series from the very beginning. The other Bulgarian short track competitor Marina Georgieva was disqualified during the seventh series, in which she made two foul starts. (Best time and a new Olympic record made the Chinese woman Man Van - 43.926 seconds). On the first day of the Games in Vancouver Bulgarians started also in the disciplines bobsleigh and biathlon sprint. Despite the shock of the tragic incident with the Georgian athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili, who the day before the start of the games got killed in a 270-degree kickers of the last turn of the chute, Bulgarian bobsleigh athletes Peter Iliev and Ivan Papukchiev found strength and overcame their initial stress of the incident. Peter Iliev currently holds 34th place with a 1:41,049 minutes on both downhills and is expected to start in the next two series. Ivan Papukchiev ranked as the 36th place with a time 1:41,841 minutes. Biathlon (Sprint) competitor Nina Kadeva took 62nd place with a time of 22:32,4 minutes and three errors in the shooting. 

Besides the shadow of death and the gaff during the opening ceremony and the ignition of fire (one of the structures on the altar of B.C. Stadium could not be raised and Wayne Gretzky failed to ignite the fire), the organizers of the not so successful 21st Winter Olympics are forced to struggle with the fatal weather. The heavy rains are making it difficult to conduct all races, creating a lot of trouble for the hosts of the Games. The rains caused the snow in the snowboard resort in the Cypress Hill to disappear, and as a result 95% of the players have not passed the route... Organizers are trying to cover the scant snow cover with vinyl and blankets, in an attempt to protect it from the pouring rain...

Tags: 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver
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