ANTHOLZ, Ita.—Scott Gow built on what is shaping up to be the strongest season of his young career, finishing 17th at a Biathlon World Cup race in Antholz, Italy on Thursday.
The 26-year-old Gow took advantage of nearly perfect race conditions with firm, fast trails to clock a career-best 17th place time of 53:15.8 in the men’s 20-kilometre individual start race – the longest of any biathlon discipline.
“It was a great race. The skiing felt quite good and my shooting was nearly perfect,” said the sharp-shooting Canuck from the Stampede City. “My goal leaving the start gate was to ski as tactically as possible, and to gain as much time in the transitions as I could muster.”
“The key to success today was my ability to race my own race, and stick to the plan I set out. I wanted to ski my own pace and I was able to do that,” added Gow, who was a member of last year’s men’s bronze-medal winning World Championship relay squad.
Competing in a race that puts a premium on shooting – docking athletes with a one minute penalty for every missed shot – Gow was up for the challenging, missing just one shot in his second round of prone on the range.
“I just tried to be as mechanical as possible and keep a clear head so that I wouldn’t get too caught up in the shooting,” added Gow, whose previous best was an 18th place finish in a sprint race earlier this year, and in an individual start at last year’s World Championships.”
Russia’s Anton Shipulin won his first World Cup individual race of the year with a time of 50:38.1 (0+0+1+0. Martin Fourcade, of France, skied to the silver medal with a time of 51:19.1 (0+1+1+0). Sergey Semenov, of the Ukraine, dropped into the bronze medal position after missing one in his final standing. Semenov clocked a third-place time of 51:34.9.
Canada’s Brendan Green (Hay River, N.W.T.) and Christian Gow (Calgary) finished tied in 75th at 57:47.7. Green missed six shots (2+1+2+1), while Gow missed two in each of his two standing bouts on the range.
The World Cup continues on Saturday with the women’s mass start and men’s 4×7.5 kilometre relay events.