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Cross Country Canada – No Canadians qualify for sprint heats on World Cup in Davos

VUOKATTI, Fin.—Canada’s Mark Arendz put a silver lining around the opening biathlon race of the IPC World Cup season in Vuokatti, Finland on Saturday.

The eight-time Paralympic medallist from Springton, P.E.I. took advantage of great skis and a solid day of shooting to clock a time of 34:39.2 in a 12.5-kilometre nail biter.

“It was a great way to start the biathlon season. It was a tight race the whole way through. I skied solid and I’m so happy with my overall performance,” said the 28-year-old, who competed in the men’s standing classification.

Knowing his body was in medal-winning shape following a golden performance in the men’s standing cross-country ski distance race on Wednesday, the three-time Paralympian dialed in on his shooting Saturday.

“Most my focus went into the shooting in all four bouts on the range. I knew staying clean throughout the race would be key,” added Arendz. “I felt very comfortable on the range and it resulted in a great day of shooting.”

Norway’s Nils-Erik Ulset topped the sharp-shooting Canuck to claim the gold with a time of 34:18.1 despite missing one shot in his third stop at the range. Benjamin Daviet, of France, skied to the bronze medal at 35:17.4 (1+0+1+1).

Other Canadian biathlon performances included. Derek Zaplotinsky, of Smokey Lake, Alta., finishing seventh in the men’s sit-skiing race with a time of 46:49.8 (1+0+1+0). Brittany Hudak, of Prince Albert, Sask., also finished seventh in the women’s 10-kilometre standing race with a time of 36:19.8 (0+0+0+0).

The IPC World Cup continues on Sunday in Finland with the cross-country ski sprint races.


No Canadians qualify for heats in World Cup sprint

None of the three Canadians to suit up for a World Cup skate-ski sprint race in Davos, Switzerland on Saturday made it past the qualifying round.

With the fastest-30 athletes advancing to the head-to-head heats, the Canadians were forced to watch from the sidelines.

Alex Harvey, of St-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Que., was the top qualifier in 37th spot. Toronto’s Len Valjas returned to World Cup action in 53rd place, while Andy Shields (Thunder Bay, Ont.) was 60th.

The Canadians will be back on the line Sunday for a 10- and 15-kilometre classic-ski race in Davos.

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