January 28, 2013, OBERTILLIACH, Aut (ISN) – Julia Ransom climbed one spot to lead the Canadian contingent in the pursuit competitions with a 15th-place finish at the Youth and Junior Biathlon World Championships in Obertilliach, Austria on Sunday.
Days removed from her 20th birthday, the third year junior from Kelowna missed one shot in prone and two in her final round of standing shots to clock a time of 35:56.8 under perfect conditions in the junior women’s 10-kilometre pursuit. Athletes start the pursuit time-behind-the-leader of the sprint competition. Ransom finished the sprint in 16th.
“Overall I was really happy today, but I was kicking myself that I missed those last two shots in standing,” said Ransom, who has made three trips to the World Championship dance as a youth athlete. “I saw top-10 the whole race today but that got away from me. Racing as a junior is a whole new level and these girls are good. I am happy but really focused on a top-10 in the individual.”
Russia’s Olga Podchufarova won the junior women’s pursuit with a time of 32:47.0 (0+1+1+1). Two German athletes won the silver and bronze medals. Laura Dahlmeier was second at 33:04.4 (0+0+3+2), while Franziska Preuss was third at 33:11.7 (0+1+1+1).
Emma Lodge, of Canmore, Alta., was 36th (39:57.5 – 2+1+1+1), while Rose-Marie Cote, of St-Jean Chrysostome, Que., climbed five spots to place 38th at 40:14.6 (0+0+1+2); and Erin Yungblut, of Wroxeter, Ont., clocked-in at 43:27.3 (1+1+1+1) to finish 52nd.
Calgary’s Christian Gow had another solid outing in the junior men’s 12.5-kilometre pursuit. Starting 14th, the 19 year old dropped two spots after struggling on the range to finish 16th with a time of 38:44.7 (1+1+3+0). Macx Davies, of Canmore, Alta., also hit the junior men’s start line and finished 33rd at 41:03.2 (1+2+1+3).
Norway’s Johannes Thingnes won the junior men’s crown with a time of 34:58.2 (0+1+2+0). Russia’s Maxim Tsetkov was second at 35:13.9 (1+0+3+2), while Russia’s Alexandr Loginov was third with a time of 35:40.9 (0+0+2+3).
Meanwhile, in the youth competitions it was Calgary’s Stuart Harden who led the Canucks. The 18 year old had a solid 18th-place result with a time of 32:20.9 (1+0+2+1) in the youth men’s 10-kilometre event.
Harden finished just under three minutes from the gold-medal pace set by Sean Doherty, of the United States. The American missed three shots to post a time of 29:31.0. Estonia’s Rene Zahkna was second at 29:59.2 (0+1+2+0), while Norway’s Fredrik Roervik stopped the clock at 30:03.5 (0+0+1+2) to finish third.
Carsen Campbell, of Bedeque, P.E.I., was 42nd at 34:18.9 (3+1+2+2), while Arthur Roots, of Prince George, B.C., placed 60th at 38:36.8 (0+1+2+3).
Sarah Beaudry, of Prince George, B.C., was the lone Canadian in the women’s 7.5-kilometre competition. Beaudry finished 28th at 32:04.2 (0+1+2+0).
Russia’s Uliana Kaisheva won the youth women’s pursuit title despite missing one shot in each of her four rounds of shooting. Kaisheva stopped the clock at 26:44.4.
The Youth and Junior World Championships continue on Tuesday with the individual competitions.
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