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.
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