February 10, 2013, Nove Mesto, Cze (ISN) – Jean-Philippe Le Guellec had one of the top Biathlon World Championship results of his career, finishing 15th in the men’s pursuit competition on Sunday in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic.
Starting time-behind-leader of Saturday’s sprint event where the 27-year-old Canuck placed 36th, Le Guellec stormed up the leaderboard to clock a time of 34:08.7.
“I’ve been feeling pretty good since the start of the World Championships, but my shooting has been an issue,” said the two-time Olympian. “All the ingredients were there today to pull off a good race.”
Le Guellec had little problems in his four trips to the range Sunday firing 19 of 20.
“I took my time, kept my cool and had fun really,” said Le Guellec. “It is great that it paid off. I was skiing relaxed and was within a pack, which is always fun and interesting. This is a very demanding course but it is a great feeling to finally pull off a worthy pursuit this season.”
Norway’s Emil Hegle Svendsen also missed one shot en route to winning the gold with a time of 32:25.5. Martin Fourcade, of France, clocked a time of 32:35.6 (0+1+1+0) to finish second. Russia’s Anton Shipulin missed just one target in his third round of shooting to lock up the bronze medal at 32:39.1.
Calgary’s Scott Gow was the only other Canadian in the field, and finished 50th at 37:57.4 (0+0+1+4).
Megan Heinicke, of Prince George, B.C., was the lone Canadian to qualify with the top-60 in the women’s 10-kilometre pursuit. The 2010 Olympian placed 44th with a time of 32:49.2 (2+1+0+0).
Norway’s Tora Berger won the women’s pursuit with a time of 28:48.4 (0+1+2+0). Poland’s Krystyna Palka was second at 29:06.9 (0+0+1+1), while Olena Pidhrushna, of the Ukraine, rounded out the podium in third with a time of 29:09.9 (0+0+2+0).
Canada’s rising stars in biathlon also had a solid weekend on the IBU Cup in Slovakia. Julia Ransom led the Canadian charge with a 12th place finish in the women’s 15-kilometre individual event. Fresh off the Junior World Championships, Ransom followed her performance up by sprinting to 20th on Saturday. Erin Yungblut was 18th in the individual competition.
Ransom and Yungblut teamed up with Claude Godbout and Emma Lodge to place fourth in the women’s 4×6 kilometre relay competition Sunday. The Canadian men’s 4×7.5-kilometre relay squad of Kurtis Wenzel, Macx Davies, Marc-Andre Bedard and Vincent Blais placed eighth on Sunday.
The World Championships continue on Wednesday with the women’s 15-kilometre individual event.
Biathlon Canada is the governing body for biathlon in the country, and oversees the Canadian Championships, Eastern and Western Canadian Championships, and North American Cups held in Canada. With the support of its valued corporate partners – Millennium Geomatics Ltd., Apogée Sports, Kama, Roeckl Gloves, Lapua, USANA, and Adidas Eyewear – along with the Government of Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee and Own the Podium, Biathlon Canada’s mandate is to provide national level programs for the continuous development of biathlon athletes from the grassroots to the elite level. For more information on Biathlon Canada, please visit us at www.biathloncanada.ca on the Internet.
Complete Results: www.biathlonworld.com