March 1, 2013, Solleftea, Swe (ISN) – Canada’s Mark Arendz followed up his first IPC Biathlon World Championship title by adding a bronze medal around his neck on Friday in Solleftea, Sweden.
Hailing from Springton, P.E.I., Canada’s new star on the IPC biathlon circuit took advantage of another strong day of shooting, missing just one shot in his first of four bouts on the range, to clock a third-place time of 37 minutes, 39.3 seconds in the men’s 12.5-kilometre standing division.
“It was a tough day on the course for me, but I was really pleased with my shooting,” said the 22-year-old Arendz. “I had that one miss on the range, but then really tightened things up and hit the next 15 shots. I had close splits and fought for the seconds, but just didn’t have anything left.”
Ukraine skied to the top-two spots on the podium. Ihor Reptyukh finished on top at 36:55.9 (1+1+0+1), while Grygorii Vovchynskyi settled for the silver at 37:37.5 (0+0+2+0).
The IPC Nordic World Ski Championships continue on Sunday in Sweden with the long distance biathlon race. The IPC World Championships can be viewed on the IPC’s YouTube Channel at www.YouTube.com/ParalympicSportTV.
For complete IPC World Championship results, please visit http://www.paralympic.org/Events/Solleftea2013/Schedule
Meanwhile, it was tough slugging for the Canadian men’s cross-country ski 4×10 kilometre relay team at the Nordic World Ski Championships down in Val di Fiemme, Italy on Friday.
Toronto’s Len Valjas, Devon Kershaw, of Sudbury, Ont., Ivan Babikov, of Canmore, Alta., and Alex Harvey, of St-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Que., finished a disappointing 12th after posting a time of 1:44:16.5 under sunny and extremely warm weather that made course conditions slow and tough.
Valjas and Kershaw skied the opening two legs in classic before handing off to Babikov and Harvey who each skied a 10-kilometre skate leg.
“Today is proof you absolutely need to have all four horses strong if you want to have a chance in the relay,” said Wadsworth, who added that Devon Kershaw has been fighting a stomach illness that got the best of him today. “The relay is funny because anything can happen and you never want to quit fighting. But, we were a bit too far back for Ivan and Alex today so it became a really good training race for the 50 k for them. The guys are in great shape and I know they can turn things around on Sunday.”
The legendary Petter Northug powered the Norwegians to the gold medal in sprint finish over the Swedes. The Norwegians clocked a golden time of 1:41:37.2. Sweden celebrated the silver at 1:41:38.4, while Russia hung on for the bronze with a time of 1:41:39.6.
Complete men’s relay results: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/610.html?sector=CC&raceid=20760
The World Championships continue on Saturday with the women’s 30-kilometre race. Emily Nishikawa, of Whitehorse, will be the lone Canadian in the field. Harvey, Babikov, Kershaw and Graham Nishikawa, of Whitehorse, are all scheduled to start the men’s 50-kilometre classic-ski race on Sunday.
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