Pursuit: Let the Chase Begin
This format allows the top 60 athletes (or more if there is a tie for 60th place in the qualification competition) in the sprint (in some circumstances, an individual competition can be used as a qualification to make up the start list too) event to compete over 10 km for women and 12.5 km for men. Competitors make four stops at the shooting range: the first two in the prone position and the last two in standing. The start interval is determined by the results of the sprint competition so that the winner starts first, the second follows by the time back from the sprint results and so on until 60th (in the case of a pursuit following an individual, time gaps are halved). In case athletes are more than four minutes back, they start 4 minutes behind the leader. If there are more athletes at that point, they all start in a single wave, which means going out at the same time. Just as in the sprint, each missed target corresponds to a penalty loop of 150 m. The winner of the pursuit is whomever crosses the finish line first.