November 30, 2013, OESTERSUND, Swe. (ISN) – Canada’s Megan Imrie will be hopping on a plane to Sochi in February after posting one of the best World Cup biathlon sprint results of her career in Oestersund, Sweden.
The 27-year-old Imrie, of Falcon Lake, Man., missed just one shot in the range to clock a 22nd-place time of 22:08.4 in the 7.5-kilometre event. Imrie’s previous career-best sprint result was 17th. She also has a 20th-place finish in an individual competition.
“It was a fantastic day. I felt great in the warm up and I am very confident in my shooting now,” said the 2010 Olympian. “I am very happy this caps off my Sochi qualification. Skiing was all flow and fight. It felt strong and smooth. I put it all out there today.”
Norway’s Ann Kristin Aafedt Flatland shot clean to win the women’s sprint with a time of 20:41.2. Russia’s Olga Zaitseva was also clean on the range to claim the silver at 20:57.1. Norway’s Tora Berger grabbed the bronze at 21:03.2 (0+1).
Regina’s Scott Perras was the top Canuck in Saturday’s men’s 10-kilometre sprint. Perras missed one shot in each of his two trips to the range to post a time of 27:38.8.
Martin Fourcade, of France, finished on top at 25:56.0 (0+1). Sweden’s Fredrik Lindstroem was second at 26:02.5 (0+0), while Tim Burke, of the U.S.A., shot clean to win the bronze with a time of 26:27.3.
Other Canadian results included: Calgary’s Nathan Smith in 45th with a time of 28:05.0 (1+0); and Jean-Philippe Le Guellec, of Shannon, Que., in 69th at 28:54.7 (2+2) in men’s racing. Rosanna Crawford, of Canmore, Alta., was 51st at 23:04.8 (0+3) and Zina Kocher finished 64th at 23:21.3 (2+2) in women’s.
Meanwhile, Canada had a solid weekend over in Beitostolen, Norway at the IBU Cup. which is a feeder series to the elite circuit. Starting the season rebuilding his fitness on the IBU Cup after sitting last year out with injury, Brendan Green, of Hay River, N.W.T., got his comeback off to a good start with a silver-medal finish in the men’s 20-kilometre individual competition on Friday. Green missed just one shot to post a time of 57:41.8. Quebec’s Audrey Vaillancourt continued the podium trail for the Canadians on Saturday. Vaillancourt claimed the bronze medal with a time of 20:42.5.
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Top-Five Women and Canadian Results:
- 1.Anne Kristin Flatland, NOR, (0+0), 20:41.2; 2. Olga Zaitseva, RUS, (0+0), 20:57.1; 3. Tora Berger, NOR, (1+0), 21:03.2; 4. Darya Domracheva, BLR, (0+1), 21:05.3; 5. Irina Starykh, RUS, (0+0), 21:05.5
- 22. Megan Imrie, Falcon Lake, Man., (0+1), 22:08.4; 51. Rosanna Crawford, Canmore, Alta., (0+3), 23:04.8; 64. Zina Kocher, Red Deer, Alta., (2+2), 23:21.3.
Top-Five Men and Canadian Results:
- 1. Martin Fourcade, FRA, (0+1), 25:56.0; 2. Fredrik Lindstroem, SWE, (0+0), 26:02.5; 3. Tim Burke, USA, (0+0), 26:27.3; 4. Jean Guillaume Beatrix, FRA, (1+0), 26:32.4; 5. Arnd Peiffer, GER, (0+1), 26:39.7
- 34. Scott Perras, Regina, (1+1), 27:38.8; 45. Nathan Smith, Calgary, (1+0), 28:05.0; 69. Jean-Philippe Le Guellec, Shannon, Que., (2+2), 28:54.7.