Did South Korea get ripped off?The reigning world champion came into the Beijing Olympics ranked 82nd


Under normal circumstances, naturalized athletes, strength is certainly not bad.That naturalized is a biathlon World Cup relay champion athlete, will be what level?South Korea’s Former Russian athlete Timov Lapshin finished 82nd in the men’s 10km biathlon at the Beijing Winter Olympics on Sunday night.Remarkably, only 94 athletes took part in the competition.In terms of the rankings, Lapshin is regarded as the worst naturalized player.Born in Russia, Lapshin, 34, has represented Russia in world biathlon since 2008 at the age of 22. He won a silver medal at the Junior World Championships and was part of the 14-15 Biathlon World Relay team.Before the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, the host country began a naturalization program that focused on underprivileged athletes of exceptional skill and ability, and Lapshin quickly entered the country’s selection pool.After his successful naturalization in South Korea, South Korean media reported that Lapshin was gradually sidelined in 2016 when he became involved in a factional dispute over Russian biathlon.Two years after his naturalization, Lapshin appeared at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and, astonishingly, placed only 16th in the men’s biathlon 10km race.In fact, Lapshin’s gliding ability is definitely the best in the world, but his shooting is extremely inconsistent, and it was his shooting that dragged him down to 16th place.After the race, Lapshin told the media that if he could shoot as well as other athletes, he would be in the top six and even have a chance to win a medal.Lapshin also vowed to do better at the Olympics in Beijing in four years.Then, a year and a half before the Beijing Games, Lapshin was discovered to have tested positive for the banned substance methylhexylamine, a drug used to relieve congestion in the nasal cavity, in samples from his 2013 World Cup team for Russia.Lapshin explained that he had fallen ill before the race and his nose was blocked up.He was prescribed the drug and told not to take it for 12 hours before the race and that it would be fine.Lapshin’s explanation was accepted, and he was eventually given a lenient one-year ban, which was released six months before the Games began in Beijing.South Korean media remembered Lapshin’s promise four years ago to do better in Beijing.However, his shooting was even worse than four years ago, and lapshin, 34, finished the race 82nd overall.

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