British Biathlete Amanda Lightfoot acheived 67th position today in the Women’s 7.5 Km Sprint in PyeongChang, South Korea. Two-time Olympian equalled the best result by a British female biathlete at an Olympic Games by placing 67th. Amanda picked up three shooting penalties, two in the prone and one standing during windy conditions, but still matched the achievements of Emma Fowler in the same event at Turin 2006, clocking a time of 24:15.3 minutes. She just missed out on a top 60 placing which would have seen her qualify for the women’s 10km pursuit.
Speaking after the race Amanda commented:
“It was a pretty tough race with the wind. It was like you were having a fight against the wind all the time and I got quite unlucky in my prone where there was quite a bit of wind and I missed two shots. And then I missed one in the standing.”
She went on to say:
“If I made the pursuit in the Olympic Games I would have been so happy. But I think I’ve got to take my focus back on the shooting for the next race. It is still good to equal the best ever Olympic result for a female British biathlete. I’m often so focused on trying to be world class that I sometimes forget about the little milestones. It is still quite good and I do have to give myself credit.”
Amanda will race again next week on Wednesday, 14th February at 11am GMT.