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Biathlon Canada – – – Adam Runnalls places 21st, Megan Bankes finishes 26th—



Chiele Gradistei, Rom.—Two Canadian biathletes skied into the top-20, and four made their way into the top-30 in a youth sprint race at the World Championships in Chiele Gradistei, Romania.


Teo Sanchez, of Wakefield, Que., led the Canadian charge in 17th spot in the youth men’s 7.5-kilometre sprint, while Nadia Moser, of Whitehorse, placed 19th in the women’s 6-kilometre sprint race.


Sanchez had a solid outing, missing just one shot in his last of two stops on the range to clock a time of 22:53.3.


Calgary’s Adam Runnalls placed 21st at 23:16.0 (0+2), while Zachari Bolduc, of Ste. Sophie, Que., finished 65th (25:19.4) (2+3), while Lucas Boudreau, of Elmwood, P.E.I., was 76th at 26:11.3 (1+2).


Russia’s Igor Malinovskii won the race with a time of 20:32.9 (1+0). Norway’s Endre Stroemsheim shot clean to claim the silver at 20:59.2. Russia’s Viacheslav Maleev was third with a time of 21:00.3 (1+1).


Nadia Moser, of Whitehorse, was the top Canadian woman on Friday with a 19th-place finish in the sprint. Moser missed one shot in her first round of shooting, clocking a time of 19:49.7.


“I felt good skiing, and the skis were fast. I always strive for strong shooting and I was nine out of 10 which is good,” said Moser. “The course was hard and the conditions were challenging because some parts of the downhills were icy. Overall, I’m happy with how I competed and looking forward to the pursuit race.”


Calgary’s Megan Bankes was 26th at 20:32.5 (2+3), Emily Dickson, of Prince George, B.C., finished 41st with a time of 21:06.4 (0+2), and Calgary’s India McIsaac was 54th at 21:45.5 (1+4).


Norway grabbed the top-two spots on the podium. Karoline Erdal won the gold with a time of 18:17.7 (0+1). Emilie Aagheim Kalkenberg was second at 18:46.2 (0+1). Anna Kryvonos, of Ukraine, rounded out the podium in third with a time of 18:50.1 (0+1).


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