Canada’s Christian Gow Edges Closer to Elite Group Finishing 31st at Biathlon World Cup
Biathlon Canada —Julia Ransom holds her 34th place position in women’s pursuit—
POKLJUKA, Slo—Christian Gow skied to a personal best result for the second-straight day, finishing 31st in a biathlon World Cup pursuit race in Pokljuka, Slovenia on Saturday.
Starting in 33rd place based on Friday’s sprint results, the 23-year-old Gow picked up two spots on the 60-man field with a strong effort on the skis, and in the range to post a time of 33:09.1.
“I’m really happy with the race in general. I felt pretty good skiing and was calm and focused on the range which led to good shooting,” said Gow. “I wish I had a little more on the track. I think there is room for me to move a couple of more spots, but this was a good day for me.”
The Calgary native took advantage of another nearly perfect day for shooting with no wind where he had to make only one trip around the 150-metre penalty loop after missing one shot in his second round of prone.
Gow has been making steady progression towards the elite group of 30 following a breakthrough performance last year as a member of Canada’s first-ever World Championship medal-winning relay team.
“This summer I really didn’t want to be that athlete who finds success and then loses it so I really focused on doing my job and working hard at it,” added Gow. “Now I’m getting my confidence back and I really want to be in that top-30 group. I have been very close, and then lose bits of time at the end of the race. That is my benchmark this year because when you are in that group you really feel like you are there with the elite.”
Martin Fourcade, of France, was first out of the gate, and first to cross the finish line for his second-straight win in Pokljuka. Fourcade shot clean to post a golden time of 30:27.4.
Norway’s Emil Hegl Svendsen also shot clean to post a silver-medal time of 30:33.4. Russia’s Anton Shipulin locked up the bronze despite missing one target in his second standing, chalking up a time of 30:33.6.
A tough day on the range bumped Calgary’s Scott Gow down into 48th place. The older brother to Christian, who was 23rd yesterday, finished with a time of 35:06.4 (2+1+0+2). Brendan Green, of Hay River, N.W.T., placed 57th at 36:03.8 (1+1+2+1).
Meanwhile, Julia Ransom had another solid performance to lead the Canadians in the women’s 10-kilometre pursuit race.
Holding her start position in 34th with a time of 33:16.6, the Kelowna, B.C. resident was picking her way through the field, closing in on the top-20, before her last shooting where she missed two shots.
“Everything was great on both the skis and in the range until my focused unraveled a little bit, and I found myself in the penalty loop,” said Ransom. “The field is so tight right now that those mistakes are hard to recover from to get back into the top-30. My second straight 34th place finish is bittersweet. I’m really itching to be in that top-30 regularly.”
Germany’s Laura Dahlmeier missed two in her second prone, but held on for the win with a time of 30:43.1. Finland’s Kaisa Makarainen was second at 30:59.5 (0+0+1+1), while Eva Puskarcikova, of the Czech Republic, skied to the final step of the women’s podium with a time of 31:01.8.
Rosanna Crawford, of Canmore, Alta., moved up 11 spots on the field of 60 into 49th spot with a time of 34:49.5 (2+1+0+0). Megan Tandy, of Prince George, B.C., did not finish.
The World Cup stop in Slovenia wraps up on Sunday with the relay races.
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