(ISN) – RUHPOLDING, Ger.—Brendan Green slogged out a 16th-place finish through the fresh, wet snow on an overall solid day for the Canucks in the men’s Biathlon World Cup sprint race in Ruhpolding, Germany on Saturday.
Green, of Hay River, N.W.T., was sharp all around in the 10-kilometre sprint, combining sharp shooting with strong ski speed to post a time of 25:29.4. It was the 28-year-old Green’s first clean shooting day of the year.
A seven-year veteran of the Senior National Team, Green has been on a steady progression up the international standings since making his first of two Olympic appearances in 2010. Green holds a handful of top-10 and top-15 results while competing against the deep World Cup field.
“Brendan’s result is in-line with our expectations,” said Chris Lindsay, high-performance director, Canadian Biathlon Team. “He has a pattern of success later in the season and this is a planned step on the way to peaking at the World Championships in March.”
Another one of Canada’s rising biathlon stars, Calgary’s Scott Gow, had his best World Cup result, cracking into the prestigious top-30 for just the second time of his young career. Gow, 24, also shot clean to chalk up a 27th-place time of 25:52.7.
Calgary’s Nathan Smith missed three shots in two rounds of shooting (2+1) to finish in 35th at 26:06.1. Competing in his second World Cup, Calgary’s 21-year-old Christian Gow battled through illness to place 81st at 27:56.0 (1+0).
“It is fantastic to see the depth starting to show in our men’s field,” added Lindsay. “Three men in the top-40 is a metric that shows our status as a top-eight nation in the world. Now we need to see more consistency, and work on getting all four men in the top-40.”
Norway’s Johannes Thinges Boe won the men’s sprint race in Ruhpolding after shooting clean to post a time of 23:59.2. Germany’s Simon Schempp was also clean in shooting, helping him win the silver medal at 24:23.7. Germany’s Arnd Peiffer held on for third place despite missing one shot in his final round of shooting. Peiffer clocked a time of 24:57.1.
The Biathlon World Cup continues on Sunday in Ruhpolding with the mass start events.