December 6, 2013, HOCHFILZEN, Aut. (ISN) – Jean-Philippe Le Guellec and Rosanna Crawford led the charge on a successful day for the Canadians at the Biathlon World Cup in Hochfilzen, Austria on Friday.
The 28-year-old Le Guellec sprinted to 13th place in the men’s 10-kilometre sprint event, while the 25-year-old Crawford celebrated one of her best ever World Cup results, finishing 17th in the women’s 7.5-kilometre sprint.
Le Guellec, of Shannon, Que., missed just one shot in two rounds of shooting to clock a time of 25:57.0.
Norway’s Lars Berger won the men’s race with a time of 25:02.0 (0+2). Martin Fourcade, of France, was second at 25:15.6 (0+0), while Norway’s Ole Einar Bjoerndalen missed just one shot en route to grabbing the bronze at 25:17.3.
Canada’s Brendan Green also made his return to the World Cup after a year off with injury where he placed 31st at 26:41.9 (1+1). Calgary’s Nathan Smith was 48th with a time of 27:13.4 (0+1).
Meanwhile, Crawford of Canmore, Alta., led three Canadian women into the top-35 when the world’s best women hit the start line. Crawford, whose best World Cup result is a 12th-place finish, punched the clock at 24:04.0 after missing two shots.
“In biathlon there is always that “what if” scenario that you try not to think about, but today my what if I had shot clean – it would have meant a great day,” said Crawford, who was also 17th at last year’s World Championships. “Our skis were amazing today. The wax techs really nailed it today, and it was a good day for our women’s team as a whole.”
A good day indeed. Zina Kocher, of Red Deer, Alta., also missed a shot in each of her two stops at the range to finish 25th with a time of 24:19.7. Megan Imrie, of Falcon Lake, Man., was 35th at 24:40.9 (0+2). Megan Heinicke, of Prince George, B.C., rounded out the Canadian contingent in 70h spot at 25:40.4 (1+3).
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Top-Five Men and Canadian Results:
1. Lars Berger, NOR, (0+0) 25:02.0; 2. Martin Fourcade, FRA, (0+0), 25:15.6; 3. Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, NOR, (0+1), 25:17.3; 4. Tarjei Boe, NOR, (0+0), 25:19.0; 5. Christoph Sumann, AUT, (0+0), 25:33.1
13. Jean-Philippe Le Guellec, Shannon, Que. (0+1), 25:57.0; 31. Brendan Green, Hay River, N.W.T., (1+1), 26:41.9; 48. Nathan Smith, Calgary, (0+1), 27:13.4
Top-Five Women and Canadian Results:
1. Selivina Gasparin, SUI, (0+1), 23:16.9; 2. Veronika Vitkova, CZE, (0+0), 23:18.1; 3. Irina Starykh, RUS, (0+0), 23:19.0; 4. Tora Berger, (0+2), NOR, 23:23.3; 5. Juliya Dzhyma, UKR, (0+1), 23:26.7
17. Rosanna Crawford, Canmore, Alta., (0+2), 24:04.0; 25. Zina Kocher, Red Deer, Alta., (1+1), 24:19.7; 35. Megan Imrie, Falcon Lake, Man., (0+2), 24:40.9; 70. Megan Heinicke, Prince George, B.C., (1+3), 25:40.4.