(ISN) – ANTHOLZ, Ita.—Brendan Green missed his first shot in more than one week en route to finishing a respectable 18th place in the men’s 12.5-kilometre pursuit race.
Bringing an unprecedented shooting streak of knocking down his last 50 targets and a career-best fifth-place sprint finish on Thursday into the race, the 28 year old’s flawless shooting run came to an end during his second round of shooting where he went on to place 18th in Saturday’s pursuit in Antholz, Italy where he clocked a time of 33;25.8 (0+2+2+0).
“I knew my clean shooting streak would have to come to an end eventually. It would have been amazing to keep it going for one more race, especially today, but it was great that it lasted so long and hopefully I can continue to have strong shooting throughout the season,” said Green.
Starting time behind the leader of the sprint race in fifth spot, Green moved into third briefly, but after missing two shots in each in his middle two rounds of shooting, dropped him to 23rd spot. Green took advantage of a perfect final standing shooting stage to help him climb back into the top-20.
“Today’s race was a tougher one for me. I had anticipated that I would likely have to red line it to catch and then ski with (the leaders) on the first loop which I was able to do, but the pace absolutely crushed me,” said Green. “I knew the pace was one I wasn’t going to be able to handle. It was a great experience to be in contention for the podium for part of the race, and it was a learning opportunity for sure. I’m happy to have had that opportunity and hopefully next time I can stay in contention for more of the race.”
Green’s teammate, Christian Gow of Calgary, skied to 46th in just his fourth World Cup start. The 21-year-old Gow posted a time of 33:51.3 with two penalties (1+0+0+1).
Germany’s Simon Schempp also missed one in each of his first two stops on the range, but still won the gold with a time of 31:27.9. Austria’s Simon Eder skied to the silver at 31:28.0 (0+1+0+0), while Evgeniy Garanichev, of Russia, celebrated the bronze mdal with a time of 31:29.0 (0+0+1+0).
Meanwhile, Rosanna Crawford put in another solid performance in just her second race since returning from illness that kept her in bed for just over one week.
Shooting clean in her first three stops at the range in the women’s 10-kilometre pursuit moved the 26-year-old Canmore, Alta. resident into 17th spot, but one miss in final shooting dropped her out of the top-20. The two-time Olympian simply ran out of gas on the final loop and finished 26th at 34:26.7.
Canada’s Megan Heinicke overcame missing two shots in her first bout on the range. The Prince George, B.C. native was clean in her last three rounds of shooting and skied strong to move into 29th place with a time of 34:30.5.
Darya Domracheva, of Belarus, won the women’s race with a time of 30:58.5 (1+0+0+0). Russia’s Daria Virolaynen was second at 32:19.5 (0+0+0+1). Finland’s Kaisa Makarainen won the bronze in a tight finish for third at 32:27.8 (2+0+1+2).
The World Cup wraps up in Italy on Sunday with the men’s and women’s relay events.
Top-Five Men and Canadian Results:
1. Simon Schempp, GER, (1+1+0+0), 31:27.9; 2. Simon Eder, AUT, 0+1+0+0), 31:28.0; 3. Evgeniy Garanichev, RUS, (0+0+1+0), 31:29.0; 4. Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, NOR, (0+0+0+0), 31:29.8; 5. Martin Fourcade, FRA, (0+0+0+0), 31:59.8.
18. Brendan Green, Hay River, N.W.T., (0+2+2+0), 33:25.8; 46. Christian Gow, Calgary, (1+0+0+1), 35:51.3
Top-Five Women and Canadian Results:
1. Darya Domracheva, BLR, (1+0+0+0), 30:58.5; 2. Daria Virolaynen, (0+0+0+1), 32:19.5; 3. Kaisa Makarainen, FIN, (2+0+1+2), 32:27.5; 4. Franziska Hildebrand, GER, (0+0+1+0), 32:27.8; 5. Marie Dorin Habert, FRA (0+1+1+0), 32:26.5.
26. Rosanna Crawford, Canmore, Alta., (0+0+0+1), 34:26.7; 29. Megan Heinicke, Prince George, B.C., (2+0+0+0), 34:30.5.