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December 8, 2012, HOCHFILZEN, Aut. (ISN) — Jean-Philippe Le Guellec followed up his gold-medal victory last week by finishing 10th at the Biathlon World Cup in Hochfilzen, Austria on Friday.

Competing in his first sprint competition since making history as the first Canadian male to win a World Cup biathlon event, the 27-year-old was in the mix once again in Austria. The two-time Olympian battled through fresh snow conditions to post a time of 26:05.1 after missing one shot in his final round of shooting in the men’s 10-kilometre sprint event.

“It was another great day, but goes to show how much a miss can be costly. I just overcompensated for the wind a bit,” said Le Guellec, who added shooting was a little windy for standing. “I was a little more nervous than usual heading into the race, but was able to focus without a problem once I passed the start gate. I’m totally happy to follow up last week’s race with a top-10.”

Germany’s Andreas Birnbacher shot clean to clock a winning time of 25:31.1. Martin Fourcade, of France, missed one shot in his first stop at the range, but held on for the silver with a time of 25:31.5. Slovenia’s Jakov Fak won the bronze at 25:44.8 (0+1).

Two other Canadian men hit the start line on Friday. Regina’s Scott Perras fought his way into the elite group of 30, finishing 25th in a deep field at 26:29.5 (0+1). Calgary’s Nathan Smith was tied for 73rd at 28:14.5 (4+0).

Meanwhile, Rosanna Crawford had one of her best-ever finishes on the World Cup to lead the Canadian women into the top-25 in the women’s 7.5-kilometre sprint event. Crawford, of Canmore, Alta., also missed one shot standing to finish 24th at 23:44.5.

Darya  Domracheva, of Belarus, won the gold with a time of 22:24.7 (1+0). Finland’s Kaisa Makarainen grabbed the silver with a time of 22:29.4 (0+1), while Norway’s Tora Berger rounded out the podium in third at 22:37.6 (0+1).

Complete Results:

Top-Five Men and Canadian Results:

1. Andreas Birnbacher, GER (0+0), 25:31.1
2. Martin Fourcade, FRA, (1+0), 25:31.5
3. Jakov Fak, SLO (0+1), 25:44.8
4. Friedrich Pinter, AUT (0+1), 25:55.8
5. Evgeny Ustyugov, RUS (0+0), 25:57.2

Canadian Results:

10. Jean-Philippe Le Guellec, Shannon, Que. (0+1), 26:05.1
25. Scott Perras, Regina (0+1), 26:29.5
T73. Nathan Smith, Calgary, (4+0), 28:14.6

Top-Five Women and Canadian Results:

1. Darya Domracheva, BLR (1+0), 22:24.7
2. Kaisa Makarianen, FIN, (0+1), 22:29.4
3. Tora Berger, NOR, (0+1), 22:37.6
4. Synnoeve Solemdal, NOR, (0+1), 22:40.2
5. Krystyna Palka, POL, (0+0), 22:54.0 

Canadian Results:

24. Rosanna Crawford, Canmore, Alta., (0+1), 23:44.5
56. Megan Imrie, Falcon Lake, Man. (0+2), 24:38.5
57. Megan Heinicke, Prince George, B.C., (0+3), 24:39.6
73. Zina Kocher, Red Deer, Alta., (1+4), 25:14.2