by Chris Dornan
January 17, 2014, ANTHOLZ-ANTERSELVA, Ita. (ISN) – Brendan Green continued his remarkable comeback from double-back surgery by storming to a career-best result after finishing eighth at the Biathlon World Cup in Anthoz-Anterselva, Italy on Friday.
The 27-year-old Green, who grabbed the final Olympic qualifying spot on the Canadian squad just prior to the holiday break, shot clean to clock a time of 25:215 in the men’s 10-kilometre sprint completion.
“This is a sweet feeling for sure and great to be back”, said Green, of Hay River, N.W.T., who missed last year due to injury. “This being the last World Cup for us before the Olympics is definitely a good sign I’m where I want to be.”
Italy’s Lukas Hofer (0+1) and Germany’s Simon Schempp (0+0) finished deadlocked at 24:44.9 to share the gold medal. Germany’s Arnd Peiffer also shot clean to claim the bronze medal with a time of 24:49.2
It was the best result of his career for Green who was leading the Canadian squad with two individual top-10 results, and a handful of top-15 finishes, prior to being forced to the sidelines all of last year with a career-threatening back injury which led to two surgeries.
“I didn’t know if I’d get back to the form I was in but I was sure hoping and wishing,” said Green. “I think this proves that I am not only in similar shape as I was back then, but to do one better and have a personal best, confirms I can be right there. It is such a great feeling for me.”
Two other Canadians also hit the start line. Calgary’s 28-year-old Nathan Smith missed one shot in his opening round of shooting to post a time of 26:00.8 for 22nd place. Regina’s Scott Perras was 65th at 27:07.7 (1+2).
The World Cup continues on Saturday in Italy.
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Top-Five Men’s and Canadian Results
T1. Lukas Hofer, ITA, (0+1), 24:44.9; T1. Simon Schempp, GER, (0+0), 24:44.9; 3. Arnd Peiffer, GER, (0+0), 24:49.2; 4. Dominik Landertinger, AUT, (1+0), 24:58.8; 5. Martin Fourcade, FRA, (2+0), 25:10.2
8. Brendan Green, Hay River, N.W.T., (0+0), 25:21.5; 22. Nathan Smith, Calgary, (1+0), 26:00.8; 65. Scott Perras, Regina, (1+2), 27:07.7