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Cross Country Canada – Weekes fires up sixth-place result, Derek Zaplotinsky places ninth, Colin Cameron finishes 11th

FINSTERAU, Ger.—Para-Nordic rookie, Emily Weekes, fired a best-ever biathlon result at the IPC World Cup, placing sixth on Sunday in Finsterau, Germany.

The 24-year-old knocked down 18 of her 20 targets in four rounds of shooting on the range to clock a time of 35:48.9 in the women’s standing 10-kilometre event.

“The skis went fast and the pellets went straight. Amazing what happens when you don’t spend the entire race doing penalty loops,” laughed Weekes. “The race went exactly as planned and considering it was my fifth race in six days, I was surprised with the energy I had to keep the skis going and hold the technique together. It was a successful breakthrough day in the office.”

The North Vancouver resident has been mixing it up with the top girls in the world in her first full season on the IPC World Cup. On Sunday she fought through changing temperatures and a hard-packed course.

“I’d like to think that I am getting used to skiing against these girls! It was really great to have a larger field here and see how I size up to them,” said Weekes, who started cross-country skiing after a wrestling training injury that caused nerve damage to her right arm. “I surprised myself a lot here. But I owe a lot of my success to the wax techs, coaching and support staff because without the numerous hours they put in to getting us to the start line it wouldn’t have been possible!”

Ukraine’s Oleksandra Kononova won the women’s standing race with a time of 30:50.5. Russia’s Anna Milenina was second at 31:42.4, while Ukraine’s Liudmyla Liashenko skied to the bronze medal with a time of 32:26.1.

Two Canadians hit the start line for the men’s middle distance biathlon sit ski race. Derek Zaplotinsky, of Smokey Lake, Alta., picked off 17 targets en route to finishing ninth with a time of 44:09.3. Colin Cameron, of Sudbury, Ont., placed 11th (59:56.0).

Russia’s Grigory Murygin won the men’s sit-ski classification with a time of 36:38.3.

CCC is the governing body of cross-country skiing in Canada, which is the nation’s optimal winter sport and recreational activity with more than one million Canadians participating annually. Its 60,000 members include athletes, coaches, officials and skiers of all ages and abilities, including those on Canada’s National Ski Teams and Para-Nordic Ski Teams. With the support of its valued corporate partners – Haywood Securities Inc., AltaGas, and Mackenzie Investments – along with the Government of Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Own the Podium and B2Ten, CCC develops Olympic, Paralympic and world champions. For more information on CCC, please visit us at www.cccski.com.

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