February 28, 2013, Solleftea, Swe (ISN) – Canada’s Mark Arendz celebrated the first IPC Biathlon World Championship medal of his career after winning the gold on Thursday in Solleftea, Sweden.
The 22-year-old Arendz put together the fastest ski time and a hot hand in his two trips to the range where he missed just one shot in the windy conditions to clock a golden time of 21:11.7 (1+0) in the men’s 7.5-kilometre sprint race.
“This is such a great feeling,” said Arendz. “I was really relaxed today right up until the start line. It just felt natural. I pushed a consistent and hard effort throughout the race. The final lap hurt, but I increased the gap.”
The Springton, P.E.I. native has finished second overall on the IPC Biathlon World Cup circuit since representing Canada at the 2010 Paralympic Games, but he has had tough luck in his recent appearances at the World Championships.
“I had two fourths at the World Champs in 2011 so this medal, and it being gold, is pretty special,” added Arendz. “To put an entire race together at the World Championships is a dream come true for me.”
Arendz shared the podium with two athletes from the Ukraine. Grygorii Vouchynskyi also missed one shot en route to winning the silver medal with a time of 21:31.1. Ihor Reptyukh missed one shot in both rounds of shooting to place third at 21:58.7.
The IPC Nordic World Ski Championships continue on Friday in Sweden with a middle distance biathlon race. The IPC World Championships can be viewed on the IPC’s YouTube Channel at www.YouTube.com/ParalympicSportTV. Next up on Solleftea are the distance races on Tuesday.
For complete IPC World Championship results, please visit http://www.paralympic.org/Events/Solleftea2013/Schedule
Meanwhile, down in Val di Fiemme, Italy, the top women cross-country skiers on the globe were competing in a women’s 4×5 kilometre relay at the Nordic World Ski Championships.
With Brittany Webster forced to the sidelines with illness, the Canadian squad skied the opening three legs before pulling out of the race. Daria Gaiazova, of Banff, Alta., skied the opening leg before handing off to Perianne Jones, of Almonte, Ont. Emily Nishikawa, of Whitehorse, rounded out the Canadian performance.
The Norwegian team dominated the relay, winning with a time of 1:00:36.5. Sweden grabbed the silver medal at 1:01:02.7, while Russia claimed the bronze at 1:01:22.3.
Complete women’s relay results: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/610.html?sector=CC&raceid=20759
The World Championships continue on Friday with the highly anticipated 4×10 kilometre men’s relay.
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