Sharp Shooting Brendan Green Leads Canadians into Top-25 at Biathlon World Cup

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Chris Dornan

HOCHFILZEN, Aut.—Brendan Green continued his solid start to the biathlon World Cup season after finishing 24th in a men’s 10-kilometre sprint competition on Thursday in Hochfilzen, Austria.

Green, of Hay River, N.W.T., fought his way through heavy snowfall and shot clean in two bouts of shooting to clock a time of 25 minutes, 4.6 seconds (25:04.6).

“It was another solid day on the range and I actually felt good on the boards so overall it was a pretty good race,” said Green. “The kicker today was it was snowing heavy for the first group of starters and then stopped so the course was a little quicker for some of the guys. That wasn’t in my control, and is what it is, but if the conditions were a little more consistent I think I could have been better.”

The 25-year-old Green has continued to fight his way up the international standings. The 2010 Olympian had a career-best top-15 result earlier this year, and has shot clean in each of his three sprint competitions this season, while emerging as the most consistent athlete on the national men’s squad.

“I’ve been pretty comfortable on the range in the sprint for whatever reason and it’s awesome,” said Green. “I’m pumped at that and I’ll take as many clean days of shooting as possible. I’m optimistic my ski speed is there and will get better as the season goes on. I just have to match the shooting with the skis. I think I could have done that today if the conditions were better.”

Norway’s Tarjei Boe sprinted to the gold medal despite missing one shot in his firstround of shooting. Boe posted a winning time of 23:57.2. Martin Fourcade, ofFrance, grabbed second spot with a time of 24:01.2, while Russia’s Timofey Lapshin rounded out the podium in the bronze medal spot after stopping the clock at 24:14.4.

Jean-Philippe Le Guellec, of Shannon, Que., was the only other Canadian to qualify for Saturday’s pursuit races. Le Guellec finished tied for 48th at 25:40.6. Other Canadian results included: Marc-Andre Bédard, Valcartier, Que., in 62nd (25:48.3), and Regina’s Scott Perras in 80th (26:20.7).

Canada’s biathletes started off the week in historic fashion. Biathlon Canada’s development squad teamed up to finish fourth in the mixed relay of the IBU Cup on Wednesday.

Melanie Schultz, of Camrose, Alta., Quebec’s Claude Godbout and Calgarians Nathan Smith and Scott Gow joined forces to clock a fourth-place time of 1:15:45.5, finishing just 31 seconds off the podium.

Biathlon Canada is the governing body for biathlon in the country and oversees the Canadian Championships, Eastern and Western Canadian Championships, and North American Cups held inCanada. With the support of its valued corporate partners – Millennium Geomatics Ltd., Apogée Sports, Kama, Auclair Gloves, Lapua, USANA, and Adidas Eyewear – along with the Government of Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee and Own thePodium, Biathlon Canada’s mandate is to provide national level programs for the continuous development of biathlon athletes from the grassroots to the elite level. For more information on Biathlon Canada, please visit us at www.biathloncanada.ca on the Internet.

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Top-Five Men and Canadian Results:

1.Tarjei Boe, NOR, (1+0), 23:57.2; 2. Martin Fourcade, FRA, (1+1), 24:01.2; 3. Timofey Lapshin, RUS, (0+0), 24:14.4; T4. Simon Schempp, GER, (0+1), 24:15.9; T4. Jean Guillaume Beatrix, FRA, (0+1), 24:15.9

Canadian Results:

24. Brendan Green, Hay River, N.W.T., (0+0), 25:04.6; T48. Jean-Philippe Le Guellec, Shannon, Que., (0+1), 25:40.6; 62. Marc-Andre Bédard, Valcartier, Que., (3+0), 25:48.3; 80. Scott Perras, Regina, (0+4), 26:20.7.

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