(ISN) – VUOKATTI, Fin.—Canada’s Mark Arendz picked up where he left off last season – on top of the international biathlon podium, winning the silver medal at the IPC World Cup in Vuokatti, Finland on Thursday.
The 24-year-old Arendz, who won a silver and bronze medal at the 2014 Paralympics, had one of the best shooting days of his life to lock up second spot and his 17th-career IPC World Cup medal in men’s 15-kilometre standing individual race. The two-time Paralympian shot clean in his four rounds on the range to clock a second-place time of 39:12.9.
“It took me the first two laps to get into the race, but from there I felt I kept getting better with each lap,” said Arendz. “An individual race puts an emphasis on shooting. I made sure that nothing went wrong on the range, and I feel the shooting is finally coming around again. It is getting closer to where I want it.”
During the individual race athletes are penalized one minute for every missed target.
“A clean race on the range always feels great, but to combine that with an awesome result is the icing on the cake. The wax techs gave me rockets for skis today which made the difference on the new snow that fell last night.”
The Springton, P.E.I. resident finished second to his biggest rival on the elite para-biathlon circuit. Norway’s Nils Erik Ulset also shot clean to post the winning time of 38:08.8. Russia’s Kirill Mikhaylov was third at 40:29.7 (0+0+0+1).
Battling with Ulset over the last five years, Arendz has emerged as one of the top para-nordic skiers on the planet finishing second on the Overall World Cup standings twice in addition to placing first in 2013.
The IPC World Cup continues on Saturday in Finland with the cross-country skiing middle distance races.
CCC is the governing body of cross-country skiing in Canada, which is the nation’s optimal winter sport and recreational activity with more than one million Canadians participating annually. Its 60,000 members include athletes, coaches, officials and skiers of all ages and abilities, including those on Canada’s National Ski Teams and Para-Nordic Ski Teams. With the support of its valued corporate partners – Haywood Securities Inc., AltaGas, Mackenzie Investments and Statoil – along with the Government of Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Own the Podium and B2Ten, CCC develops Olympic, Paralympic and world champions.