Canadian Men’s Biathletes Team Up in 11th at World Cup Relay
Biathlon Canada – RUHPOLDING, Ger.—The Canadian men’s biathlon squad finished just outside the top-10 in a deep World Cup relay field on Wednesday in Ruhpolding, Germany.
A team of Christian Gow (Calgary), Scott Gow (Calgary), Macx Davies (Canmore, Alta.), and Brendan Green (Hay River, N.W.T.), combined forces to finish the 4×7.5 kilometre relay in 11th place with a time of 1:15:45.1.
The Canadians were hovering between 11th and 14th through the opening three legs before two-time Olympian, Brendan Green, brought the Canucks back into 11th place in a tough race through fresh snow, with an electric atmosphere lining the trails and packing the stadium.
“It was a decent result for the team today, but we were definitely hoping for more,” said Green. “As a whole, we were consistent and steady with some definite strong points, but to get the result we all want will require a really solid day of shooting and skiing for each of us.
“Personally it’s been a bit of a tough season so far for me and I’m hoping things will turn around soon,” added Green. Historically my speed and performances start to pick up after Christmas so I’m looking forward to a couple of more good weekends of racing before the World Championships where we all hope to have our best results.”
Norway finished on top Wednesday with a time of 1:13:40.7. Russia was second at 1:13:45.8, while Germany grabbed the final spot on the relay podium with a time of 1:14:04.2.
The relay consists of each athlete skiing 7.5 kilometres with two bouts of shooting. The first starter of each team begins in a simultaneous mass start with other participants. Once completing their leg, athletes tag off to the next teammate. Competitors in the relay each carry three spare rounds. If all five targets are not knocked down with the first five rounds, the spares may be used, which takes more time because they are loaded by hand. The Canadians used five spares on the day.
The women’s relay is set to take place on Thursday in Ruhpolding, Germany.
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