Jan 30, 2015
OSRBLIE, Slovakia (CIS) – The Canadian mixed relay struggled to keep up with powerhouse nations on the penultimate day of the biathlon competition at the 2015 Winter Universiade, Friday.
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.
One of 11 teams taking part in the mixed race (2×6 km women & 2×7.5 km men), the foursome of Keely MacCulloch of Calgary (University of Alberta Augustana Campus) Jessica Paterson of St. Albert, Alta. (University of Alberta), Evan Girard of Oxbow, Sask. (University of Saskatchewan), and Reagan Mills of Truro, N.S. (UPEI), was lapped and ended up in 10th position.
Russia, which has claimed 11 biathlon medals so far at the Games (4-5-4), won gold with a score of 1:36:38.4. Kazakhstan (1:37:11.6) and Ukraine (1:37:27.6) rounded out the podium.
The Universiade biathlon competition concludes Saturday with the women’s 12.5 km mass start and the men’s 15 km mass start events. Canada – represented by MacCulloch and Paterson – will only compete in the women’s race.
NOTE: No Canadian athlete was schedule to participate in cross-country skiing events in Osrblie but Evan Girard was a late entry in the men’s 30 km mass start, which is set for Sunday.
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 30 RESULTS
Mixed Relay (2×6 km women & 2×7.5 km men)
1. Russia, 1:36:38.4; 2. Kazakhstan, 1:37:11.6; 3. Ukraine, 1:37:27.6; 10. Canada (Keely MacCulloch, Calgary, Alta.; Jessica Paterson, St. Albert, Alta.; Evan Girard, Oxbow, Sask.; Reagan Mills, Truro, N.S.), 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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