Russia's Olga Graf is on the ice with Rookard, so there is some excitement in the arena. Graf has the inside lane.
Well, that wasn't even close... Feeding off the crowd energy, Graf posts a 4:03.47 to become the race's new leader, while Rookard posts a very respectable 4:10.02, good for fourth place at the moment.
Czech Republic's Martina Sablikova just took over first place with a blazing 4:01.95. Rookard falls to eighth; there are four skaters (two pairs) remaining.
The times keep getting better: Irene Wust charges to the top of the board with a time of 4:00.34 for the Dutch skater. One pair left. Currently the top three are Wust, Sablikova of Czech Republic and Graf of Russia.
We have a winner in the women's 7.5 km sprint biathlon! Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia takes the gold, repeating her win from Vancouver. Olga Vilukhina gets Russia's first silver at Sochi, and Ukranian Vita Semerenko rounds up the podium.