Feb 01, 2015
OSRBLIE, Slovakia (CIS) – The only Canadian athlete to take part in a cross country skiing event at the 2015 Winter Universiade, Evan Girard of Oxbow, Sask., placed 59th in the men’s 30-kilometre mass start, on Sunday.
Girard, a University of Saskatchewan student who had competed in four biathlon events earlier in the Games, completed the race in 1:41:44.9, over 25 minutes behind Russian champion Andrey Larkov (1:16:20.1).
Raul Shakirzianov (1:16:20.7) and Artem Nikolaev (1:16:21.7) rounded out the podium as Russia swept the top five positions.
The biathlon and Nordic skiing events of the 27th FISU Winter Games were taking place in Slovakia. The other competitions will be staged in Granada, Spain from Feb. 3 to 14.
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/
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1 RESULTS
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
Men’s 30 km Mass Start
1. Andrey Larkov, Russia, 1:16:20.1; 2. Raul Shakirzianov, Russia, 1:16:20.7; 3. Artem Nikolaev, Russia, 1:16:21.7; 59. Evan Girard, Oxbow, Sask., 1:41:44.9.
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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