January 30, 2013, OBERTILLIACH, Aut – Macx Davies celebrated a career-best finish after storming into eighth spot at the Biathlon Junior World Championships in Obertilliach, Austria on Wednesday.
Making his third trip to the international dance, and second in the junior division, the 20-year-old Davies missed one shot in each of his first two trips to the range to finish in eighth spot with a time of 42:19.5 in the men’s 15-kilometre individual competition. Davies was second when he crossed the finish line, and dropped six spots waiting for the rest of the field to finish.
“This was my final individual race at World Juniors so I put a lot of thought and concentration into the shooting today because I wanted a strong result,” said Davies. “I didn’t know I was in second until the final lap and that was pretty exciting. It was too bad to watch myself drop, but I am very happy with how things went. It gives me a lot of confidence to finish as a junior with this result.”
The individual competition is the longest discipline in the biathlon line-up, which puts an emphasis on shooting. Athletes are charged an additional one-minute penalty for every missed shot in their four stops at the range.
Russia’s Alexandr Loginov missed two shots en route to skiing to the gold medal with a time of 40:42.2. Croatia’s Dino Butkovic missed one shot in his final stop at the range to claim the silver medal at 41:33.1, while Clement Dumont, of France, also missed one shot to grab the bronze at 41:38.2.
Three other Canadian men hit the start line. Menno Arendz, of Hartsville, P.E.I., secured the final spot in the top-30 at 42:19.5 (1+1+0+0); Calgary’s Christian Gow placed 36th at 46:39.4 (1+2+2+1); and Jasper Mckenzie, of Kelowna, B.C., rounded out the Canadian contingent in 65th (49:40.1 – 1+3+0+1).
Rose-Marie Cote, of St-Jean Chrysostome, Que., was the top Canadian woman finishing 22nd. The 20-year-old Cote clocked-in at 45:15.9 (0+1+0+2) in the women’s 12.5-kilometre individual event.
Germany’s Laura Dahlmeier grabbed the junior women’s individual title at 39:48.2 (1+0+0+1). Austria’s Lisa Theresa missed two shots as well to finish second at 40:32.1, while Germany’s Franziska Preuss skied to the final step on the podium at 40:49.8 (1+0+0+1).
Other Canadian women’s results included: Julia Ransom, of Kelowna, B.C., in 34th at 46:48.5 (1+4+1+1); Erin Yungblut, of Wroxeter, Ont., finishing 48th at 49:08.9 (2+1+1+1); and Emma Lodge, of Canmore, Alta., in 50th (49:28.0 – 2+2+1+2).
Next up on the calendar for the Youth and Junior World Championshipsare the relay competitions.
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