December 2, 2012, OESTERSUND, Swe. (ISN) — One day removed from the race of his life, Jean-Philippe Le Guellec finished 16th in the men’s 12.5-kilometre pursuit competition in Oestersund, Sweden on Sunday.
Wearing the number onestart bib after his golden breakthrough in Saturday’s sprint event, the 27-year-old Canadian was hunted down by the world’s best on the Oestersund track where he clocked a time of 34:04.8.
“It went alright today. Obviously to start the pursuit in the lead was an incredible feeling,” said Le Guellec, of Shannon, Que. “I think what I didn’t account for was being in the lead and skiing two laps on my own. It makes a big difference and something I was not used to doing.”
Le Guellec managed himself well in the unfamiliar territory missing just one shot in prone on a calm day on the range, keeping him in the battle for the medals until his final round of shooting in the standing position where he missed two targets.
“Missing two shots in standing is a no no, and that cost me a lot. I really can’t explain the misses, but I might have started to think too much about the battle,” said Le Guellec. “I really believe I keep this going. I feel very comfortable on the skis and relaxed right now.”
Martin Fourcade, of France, won the men’s pursuit after stopping the clock at 33:03.5 (0+0+1+0). Germany’s Andreas Birnbacher matched Fourcade’s results on the range to climbe into the silver-medal position after posting a time of 33:04.2. Russia’s Anton Shipulin also missed just one shot to round out the men’s podium in third (33:06.8).
Regina’s Scott Perras finished just outside the top-30 in 36th place with a time of 35:59.5 (1+1+0+1).
Canada’s Zina Kocher, who also had a solid outing on Sunday finishing 10th in the women’s sprint, had a challenging day shooting where she missed a total of six shots, dropping her to 37th place overall at 34:47.6.
Norway’s Tora Berger won the women’s pursuit with a time of 31:01.9 (0+0+0+1). Darya Domracheva, of Belarus, missed one shot in her third round of shooting, but hung on to thesilver medal with a time of 31:31.7. Germany’s Andrea Henkel had a perfect day with the rifle, bolting into third place with a time of 31:53.4.
It was a memorable weekend for the Canadian Biathlon Team in Scandinavia. In addition to Le Guellec’s golden Saturday, and Kocher’s 10th-place finish, Megan Heinicke, of Prince George, B.C., had an impressive eighth-place outing in a women’s 15-kilometre individual start competition on the IBU Cup in Beitostolen, Norway.
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Top-Five Men and Canadian Results:
1. Martin Fourcade, FRA, (0+0+1+0), 33:03.5; 2. Andreas Birnbacher, GER, (0+0+1+0), 33:04.2 3. AntonShipulin, RUS, (0+0+1+0), 33:06.8; 4. Arnd Peiffer, GER, (1+0+0+0), 33:07.6; 5. Emil Hegle Svendsen, NOR (0+0+1+1), 33:08.5.
16. Jean-Philippe Le Guellec, Shannon, Que., 35:59.5; 36. Scott Perras, Regina, (1+1+0+1), 35:59.5.
Top-Five Women and Canadian Results:
1. Tora Berger, NOR, (0+0+0+1), 31:01.9; 2. Dary Domracheva, BLR, (0+0+1+0), 31:31.7; 3. Andrea Henkel, GER, (0+0+0+0), 31:53.4; 4. Olga Vilukhina, RUS, (0+0+1+1), 32:11.9; 5. Olena Pidhrushna, UKR, (0+2+1+0), 32:17.1
37. Zina Kocher, Red Deer, Alta., (2+0+1+3), 34:47.6; 58. Rosanna Crawford, Canmore, Alta., (2+1+1+3),37:42.7