OBBERIED, Ger.—Collin Cameron chalked up his best-ever biathlon finish on the IPC World Cup, finishing fifth in the men’s sit-skiing classification on Saturday in Obberied, Germany.
On the heels of celebrating his first bronze medal of the season in the cross-country sprint race, the 29-year-old Cameron clocked a time of 42:28.6 (1+0+0+1) in his first ever 12.5-kilometre individual biathlon race, which puts an emphasis on shooting.
“I’m very pleased with how things went today,” said Cameron. “The skiing was not the best. I definitely have some fatigue creeping in after some tough races here, but some decent shooting definitely made the difference for me today.”
A race that rewards excellence on the range, the Sudbury, Ont., resident missed one shot in both his first and last round of shooting. Rattling off career-best performances throughout a long week in Germany, Cameron is on track in his preparations towards his first Paralympic Games.
“I’m confident but staying grounded and realistic about things going into the Games,” added Cameron. “It was nice finding a bit of my speed again on sprint day, and my shooting is coming together well, so I’m just aiming to build on that more as we prepare for March.”
Neutral athletes skied to the top-two places on the podium. Ivan Golubkov missed one shot in his first stop at the range, but rebounded to win the gold with a time of 36:50.6 (1+0+0+0). Aleksandr Davidovich was second at 38:54.6 (0+1+0+0). Ukraine’s Taras Rad powered his way to the bronze medal with a time of 39:56.3 (0+1+0+1).
Mark Arendz, who celebrated a silver medal in the opening biathlon event on Thursday, missed his shot at a second-straight podium after a difficult day of shooting in the men’s standing division. Skiing in second for the first half of the race, Arendz missed one shot in each of his final two trips to the range, dropping him into fifth place with a time of 43:38.1 (0+0+1+1).
Benjamin Daviet, of France, shot clean to 39:28.5. Neutral athlete, Aleksandr Pronkov, was also clean in shooting in his silver-medal triumph, clocking a time of 42:08.2. Norway’s Nils-Erik Ulset skied to the bronze medal with a time of 42:30.1 after knocking off all 20 targets.
Brittany Hudak, of Prince Albert, Sask., was the top finisher of the Canadian women, placing eighth in the women’s standing race.