February 18, 2013, Nove Mesto, Cze (ISN) – Canada’s Jean-Philippe Le Guellec wrapped up the most successful World Championships in the history of the Canadian men’s program with a 22nd place finish in the mass start competition on Sunday.
Le Guellec, of Shannon, Que., clocked a time 38 minutes, 17.5 seconds around the 15-kilometre track which also included four trips to the range.
“The race went decently well. I managed some good shooting, but then, so did the entire field,” said Le Guellec. “Skiing was not as great. I had enough juice to ski the whole race pretty much. All in all, it was a great effort.”
Norway’s Tarjei Boe shot clean to win the event with a time of 36:15.8. Russia’s Anton Shipulin was second at 26:19.5 (0+0+1+0), while Norway’s Emil Hegle Svendsen rounded out the podium in third with a time of 36:23.2 (0+1+0+0).
The two-time Olympian, Le Guellec, posted a career-best 10h-place finish in the individual competition earlier this week where three Canadians finished in the top-31. Yesterday, the four Canadian men had a best-ever eighth place finish in the 4×7.5-kilometre relay.
“It’s really encouraging to have the best World Champs ever for the men going into the last three World Cups, and a big summer of training. It goes to show that when crunch time comes, we can respond, which hasn’t always been the case in the past. The level has stepped up, and we’ll be working on that to better ourselves during the summer.”
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