Yulia Budaleeva and Nikolay Polukhin achieved outstanding victories in the longer biathlon distances of 12.5 and 15 km respectively.
Six athletes started in the women's long distance. After the first half of the race, Russian athletes and Yulia Budaleeva and Mikhalina Lysova laid claim for the top honors. At the last shooting range, Lysova missed once and allowed Budaleeva to get ahead. As a result and with a time of 35 minutes and 25.9 seconds, Budaleeva won her first gold medal at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, with three-time Paralympic champion Lysova claiming the silver 1 minute and 55.1 seconds behind. In third place was Ukrainian Oksana Shyshkova, who previously only has been able to win bronze.
In the men’s field, the gold was won by Nikolay Polukhin. He closed all targets with lightning speed in shooting and did not let his leading position slip anytime during the race. His final time was 36 minutes and 42.9 seconds. Ukrainian biathlete Anatoly Kovalevsky finished the race in second place. With one penalty, he covered the distance in 38 minutes and 18.2 seconds. Third place was shared by Ukrainian Vitaly Lukyanenko and Russian Stanislav Chokhlaev, who trailed Polukhin by 1 minute and 38.7 seconds.