Chile Triumphs at 2011 International Military Biathlon Championship
By Dialogo August 22, 2011
After finishing ahead of their peers from Argentina, Brazil, and the United States in five days of arduous competition, the Chilean Army team won the 12th International Military Biathlon Championship, held at the Mountain School (Escuela de Montaña) in the Portillo district.
The decisive event was the “mass start,” in which the 25 men and 9 women in the competition began a 15-kilometer cross-country skiing race for men and a 12.5-kilometer race for women at 9:30 a.m., carrying a 22-mm biathlon rifle on their shoulders.
The athletes made four stops at a shooting range to fire five shots each time, at targets located at a distance of 50 meters, prone and standing. For each missed shot, they had to ski a penalty loop of 150 meters.
At the end of the race, the national team was declared the international champion with 130 points, followed by Argentina with 105 points. Brazil came in third with 45 points.