Jan 28, 2015
OSRBLIE, Slovakia (CIS) – It was a tough day at the office for Canadian biathletes on Wednesday as all six team members were lapped in the pursuit events of the 2015 Winter Universiade.
The biathlon and Nordic skiing events of the 27th FISU Winter Games take place in Slovakia until Feb. 1st, while all other competitions will be staged in Granada, Spain from Feb. 3 to 14. Canada only competes in biathlon during the initial leg.
In the women’s 10-kilometre race, Keely MacCulloch of Calgary and Jessica Paterson of St. Albert, Alta., couldn’t keep pace with the group of 26 leaders who finished in the same lap, including medallists Evgeniia Pavlova of Russia (30:45.1), Paulina Fialkova of Slovakia (31:23.3) and Kristina Smirnova, also of Russia (32:30.9).
MacCulloch, a University of Alberta Augustana Campus student, ended up in 35th position and Paterson from the University of Alberta in 38th place.
It was the same story in the men’s 12.5 km competition where Reagan Mills of Truro, N.S. (UPEI), Evan Girard of Oxbow, Sask. (University of Saskatchewan), Sasha Eccleston of Hinton, Alta. (U of A – Augustana) and Sam West of Grand Prairie, Alta. (UNBC), placed 48th, 51st, 54th and 56th, respectively.
The Russian trio of Yuri Shopin (30:25.5), Iaroslav Ivanov (30:27.0) and Maksim Burtasov (31:08.1) led 31 competitors who finished in the same lap.
The Universiade biathlon competition resumes Friday with the mixed relay.
Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/winter/2015/index
Strbske Pleso/Osrblie website: http://www.tatry2015.sk/
Granada 2015 website: http://www.granada2015.org/en/
TUESDAY, JANUARY 28 RESULTS
Women’s 10km Pursuit
1. Evgeniia Pavlova, Russia, 30:45.01; 2. Paulina Fialkova, Slovakia, 31:23.3; 3. Kristina Smirnova, Russia, 32:30.9; 35. Keely MacCulloch, Calgary, Alta., lapped; 38. Jessica Paterson, St. Albert, Alta., lapped.
Men’s 12.5km Pursuit
1. Yuri Shopin, Russia, 30:25.5; 2. Iaroslav Ivanov, Russia, 30:27.0; 3. Maksim Burtasov, Russia, 31:08.1; 48. Reagan Mills, Truro, N.S., lapped; 51. Evan Girard, Oxbow, Sask., lapped; 54. Sasha Eccleston, Hinton, Alta., lapped; 56. Sam West, Grand Prairie, Alta., lapped.
About the Winter Universiade
The Winter Universiade is a biennial international multi-sport event open to competitors who are at least 17 and less than 28 years of age as of January 1 in the year of the Games. Participants must be full-time students at a post-secondary institution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the year preceding the event.
The Granada Universiade will feature nine compulsory sports and one optional sport. Compulsory sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, ice hockey, curling, nordic skiing, short track speed skating, figure skating, synchronized skating, snowboarding. Optional sport: freestyle skiing.
NOTE: Biathlon and nordic skiing will take place in Strbske Pleso and Osrblie, Slovakia from Jan. 24 to Feb. 1, prior to the start of the Games in Granada.
Official website: www.granada2015.org
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