February 14, 2013, Nove Mesto, Cze (ISN) – Canada’s Rosanna Crawford added to her breakthrough season on the elite biathlon circuit with a personal best result at the World Championships in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic on Wednesday.
Crawford, of Canmore, Alta., punched the clock at 48:45.8 after a putting together a nearly flawless 15-kilometre individual start event.
“I am really happy with today’s result,” beamed Crawford, who was a career-best 12th earlier this year in a sprint competition in Slovenia.
In a competition that demands precision on the range with a one-minute penalty added to the total time for each miss, the 24-year-old Olympian was nearly perfect firing 19 of 20.
“It is a great feeling to finally have some good shooting after far too many races with bad shooting,” added Crawford. “I’ve still got a ways to go in the skiing, but that will come!”
The 2010 Olympian, who has battled for spots in the top-half of the deep World Cup field, is turning heads on the international circuit with one career weekend after another this year. The sister to Olympic cross-country skiing champ, Chandra Crawford, the Canmore, Alta. native has been a regular in the elite pack of 30.
“I made a big mental switch this year from focusing on results to focusing on the process of skiing and shooting,” said Crawford earlier this year. “I feel this has made the biggest difference for me. Dreaming of being in the top-30 will not put you there. Trusting your training and knowing you are a good skier and shooter will be the reason you make the results you want!”
Norway’s Tora Berger shot clean to win the women’s individual start with a time of 44:52.5. Germany’s Andrea Henkel also enjoyed a perfect day of shooting to claim the silver medal at 45:45.2. Ukraine’s Valj Semerenko missed just one shot in her opening round, but hung onto third place with a time of 46:35.0.
The rest of the Canadian women found themselves in the middle of the pack on Wednesday. Megan Heinicke, of Prince George, B.C. was 50th at 52:30.6 (2+0+2+0); Zina Kocher, of Red Deer, Alta., placed 52nd at 52:35.5 (1+2+2+1); while Quebec’s Audrey Vaillancourt was 76th at 54:46.0 (3+1+0+0).
The World Championships continue on Thursday in the Czech Republic with the men’s individual competition.
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Top-Five Women and Canadian Results:
1. Tora Berger, NOR, (0+0+0+0), 44:52.5; 2. Andrea Henkel, GER, (0+0+0+0), 45:45.2; 3. Valj Semerenko, UKR, (1+0+0+0), 46:35.0; 4. Anastasiya Kuzmina, SVK, (0+0+1+1); 5. Vita Semerenko, UKR, (0+0+0+1), 47:18.4.
17. Rosanna Crawford, Canmore, Alta., (0+1+0+0), 48:45.8; 50. Megan Heinicke, Prince George, B.C., (2+0+2+0), 52:30.6; 52. Zina Kocher, Red Deer, Alta., (1+2+2+1), 52:35.5; 76. Audrey Vaillancourt, Quebec, (3+1+0+0), 54:46.0.