Brendan Green Posts Back-to-Back Top-15 Results at Biathlon World Cup

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Chris Dornan

OSLO, Nor.—Canada’s Brendan Green posted his first back-to-back top-15 performance of his career after finishing 13th in the men’s 12.5-kilometre pursuit competition in Oslo, Norway on Saturday.

Coming off his career-bestninth-place finish in a World Cup sprint, the 25-year-old Green, dropped four spots in the pursuit but hung on for another strong result, finishing with a time of 33:43.9. Green also has two 14th-place World Cup finishes in his career.

“It was another solid day and I surprised myself,” said Green. “I woke up this morning with a sore throat and a headache, but I decided that today’s race was too good of an opportunity to pass up. I just tried to focus on the race process and not worry about anything else.

“The shooting and skiing stayed pretty consistent with the exception of the first standing bout, and I was able to keep things together. Staying in the top-10 would have been great, but I know it will come again.”

Germany’s Arnd Peiffer was perfect on the range en route to claiming the gold with a time of 31:44.0. Norway’s Emil Hegle Svendsen skied to the silver at 32:15.2, while Russia’s Eveniy Garanichev missed one shot in each of his final two stops at the range to post a third-place time of 32:20.3.

Jean-Philippe Le Guellec, of Shannon, Que., finished 26th at 34:51.6, while Regina’s Scott Perras narrowly missed the top-30, placing 33rd (35:49.4).

Earlier in the day Zina Kocher led two Canadian women in the 10-kilometre pursuit. The Red Deer, Alta. Olympian missed four shots to clock a 29th-place time of 34:49.7. Megan Imrie, of Falcon Lake, Man., followed up her career-best 17th-place finish on Thursday by finishing 41st at 36:09.3.

“I had an okay race, but four misses in shooting is too much for a pursuit,” said Kocher. “It was good enough to make the mass start tomorrow, and I’m incredibly excited to be racing a mass start again. It has been way too long.”

Germany’s Magdalena Neuner won the women’s event with a time of 30:31.1. Russia’s Olga Zaitseva claimed the silver medal at 31:07.6, while Darya Domracheva clocked-in at 31:22.5 to claim the bronze.

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 in Canada. 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 the Podium, 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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