RUHPOLDING, Ger. (ISN) —Jean-Philippe Le Guellec saved one of his top performances of the season when it counted most, finishing 14th in a sprint competition at the Biathlon World Championships in Ruhpolding, Germany on Saturday.
The 26-year-old Le Guellec of Shannon, Que., who has a handful of top-15 finishes throughout his World Cup career, missed just one shot in his second of two trips to the range to clock a 14th-place time of 25:28.6 in the 10-kilometre event.
“The skis were fast today, which was great and kept me alive,” said the two-time Olympian. “My ski shape was a bit lethargic. I definitely got worked by the course, but my ski time isn’t as dramatic as it felt.
“Shooting was good. Missing one in standing cost me, but all in all the race was good, and it will be an interesting pursuit tomorrow.
Martin Fourcade, of France, won the men’s sprint with a time of 24:18.6 (1+1). Norway’s Emil Hegle Svendsen also missed one shot in each of his two rounds at the range to clock a silver-medal winning time of 24:33.7. Sweden’s Carl Johan Bergman shot clean to claim the bronze medal at 24:36.3.
Canada’s 29-year-old, Zina Kocher of Red Deer, Alta., also enjoyed a solid outing in day two of the World Championships. The two-time Olympian punched the clock at 22:55.3 to put her into 18th spot (1+1) in the women’s 7.5-kilometre sprint.
Germany’s Magdalena Neuner enjoyed a golden day with a time of 21:07.0 (0+0). Darya Domracheva, of Belarus, also shot clean in second spot at 21:22.0, while Vita Semerenko, of the Ukraine, claimed the bronze with a time of 21:44.6 (0+0).
Other Canadian results include: Calgary’s Nathan Smith in 45th at 26:21.9 (1+1); Regina’s Scott Perras in 50th spot at 26:32.2 (0+2); and Marc-Andre Bedard, of Valcartier, Que., in 55th at 26:43.0 (1+1) in the men’s competition. Megan Imrie, of Falcon Lake, Man., was 51st at 24:18.7 (2+1), while Megan Heinicke, of Prince George, B.C., was 52nd at 24:18.9; and Yolaine Oddou, of Val Belair, Que., placed 104th at 27:31.5 (3+2).
The World Championships continue on Sunday with the pursuit competitions.
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Top-Five Men and Canadian Results:
1. Martin Fourcade, FRA, (1+1), 24:18.6; 2. Emil Hegle Svendsen, NOR, (1+1), 24:33.7; 3. Carl Johan Bergman, SWE, (0+0), 24:36.3; 4. Daniel Mesotitsch, AUT, (0+0), 24:45.7; 5. Simon Fourcade, FRA, (2+0), 24:54.0.
14. Jean-Philippe Le Guellec, Shannon, Que., (0+1), 25:28.6; 45. Nathan Smith, Calgary, (1+1), 26:21.9; 52. Scott Perras, Regina, (0+2), 26:32.2; 55. Marc-Andre Bedard, Valcartier, Que., (1+1), 26:43.0.
Top-Five Women and Canadian Results:
1. Magdalena Neuner, GER, (0+0), 21:07.0; 2. Darya Domracheva, BLR, (0+0), 21:22:0; 3. Vita Semerenko, UKR, (0+0), 21:44.6; 4.Helena Ekholm, SWE, (0+0), 21:51.9; 5. Marie Laure Brunet, FRA, (0+0), 21:53.7.
18. Zina Kocher, Red Deer, Alta., (1+1), 22:55.3; 51. Megan Imrie, Falcon Lake, Man., (2+1), 24:18.7; 52. Megan Heinicke, Prince George, B.C., 24:18.9; 104. Yolaine Oddou, Belair, Que., (3+2), 27:31.5.