(ISN) – OSLO, Nor.—Rosanna Crawford found her way back into the top-15 at a Biathlon World Cup sprint race in Oslo, Norway on Saturday.
Battling to find her legs and top form after illness sidelined her for a full week in January, Crawford, of Canmore, Alta., was strong throughout the day to finish 13th with a time of 21:30.6 in the women’s 7.5-kilometre sprint.
“My legs were feeling a bit heavy today, but I knew that I wanted to start hard. I felt like I really made up time on the downhills and flats in the Thursdays race, so I made sure to really push over the top of hills and push really hard on the rolling flats,” said Crawford. “Once I was out on course skiing felt pretty good, I was getting good splits from the support staff on course. I made sure to work every part of the course and never slowing down.”
Riding good tempo over the long, rolling hills on the 2.5-kilometre track, Crawford missed one shot standing en route to the solid finish.
“I missed my first shot standing. I just think I wasn’t quite ready for it and I should have taken one more breath, but I was happy to hit the next four,” said Crawford, who crossed the line in sixth but dropped to 13th. “I know a biathlete shouldn’t complain about 90 per cent, but the number of times I’ve hit 9/10 is starting to get a bit annoying! Hopefully I hit that magic 100 per cent in World Champs.”
Darya Domracheva, of Belarus shot clean on a calm day in the range to win the gold with a time of 20:35.7. Germany’s Laura Dahlmeier was also perfect in shooting to win the silver medal at 20:50.0, while Marie Dorin Habert, of France, was third at 21:05.6 (0+1).
Quebec’s Audrey Vaillancourt shot clean for the second-straight race to post a 36th-place time of 22:05.7. Megan Heinicke, of Prince George, B.C. placed 68th at 23:06.4 (1+2), while Sarah Beaudry, also of Prince George, B.C., was 80th at 23:47.2 (1+1).
Meanwhile, Calgary’s Nathan Smith was the top Canuck in the men’s 10-kilometre sprint competition. Smith clocked-in at 25:59.1 to finish 22nd with one miss in his final round of shooting.
The men’s medal winners all shot clean on the range. Germany’s Arnd Peiffer won the men’s race with a time of 24:57.0. Martin Fourcade, of France, was second at 25:00.3, while Russia’s Anton Shipulin skied to the bronze medal at 25:12.4.
Calgary’s Scott Gow shot nine out of 10 to place 36h with a time of 26:31.9 (1+0). Brendan Green, of Hay River, N.W.T., also squeaked into the top-40, placing 39th at 26:37.7 (1+0), while Calgary’s Christian Gow placed 67th at 27:18.4 (1+0).
The World Cup wraps up on Sunday in Norway with the relay races.