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Biathlon Canada —Crawford finishes 15th in women’s mass start race—

OSLO, Nor.—Rosanna Crawford capped off the 2016 Biathlon World Championships with back-to-back top-15 finishes.

Looking to feed off the energy of a historic Saturday for the Canadian biathlon program where the Canucks celebrated a bronze medal in the men’s relay, Crawford finished in the middle of the pack of the 12.5-kilometre women’s mass start with the top-30 athletes. The Canmore, Alta. native clocked a 15h-place time of 36:54.2 in Oslo, Norway.

“Yesterday was an amazing day for our whole team. I really wanted to follow them up, but couldn’t quite make it happen,” said the 27-year-old, who began her season with a silver medal with Nathan Smith in the individual relay.

Coming off a career-best 14th-place result at World Championships in the individual race, Crawford was hungry to make some more Canadian noise on Sunday as the lone Canadian to hit the start line. She was turning some heads early in the race, moving to as high as eighth position until two costly misses in her middle two rounds of shooting, dropping her into the middle of the field.

“I was confident going into today’s race, knowing the skiing was there and the shooting had been feeling good all week. Both of my misses were just a bit positional errors, pulling the trigger a little too early,” added Crawford. “Hitting 18 out of 20 is still a good shooting day, but only 20 for 20 will cut if I want to fight for the podium.”

Marie Dorin Hebert, of France, hit that perfect mark to capture the final World Championship title of 2016, posting a time of 35:28.5. Germany’s Laura Dahlmeier was second at 35:35.8 (0+0+1+0), while Finland’s Kaisa Makarainen celebrated the bronze medal with a time of 35:36.6 (0+0+1+0).

Crawford has come a long way over the last seven weeks. In January she was forced to miss a World Cup while sick at home in Canmore. She was dealt another bad blow of sickness at the end of the month when her home training venue – Canmore Nordic Centre – hosted its first World Cup since 1988. Crawford powered through that set back to help Canada post a sixth-place finish in the mixed relay.

The leader of the women’s squad has built on that performance to end the year on a high note.

“I am happy that the ski shape has come around. I really couldn’t see myself skiing this way when I was lying sick in bed at home. I am looking forward to one more World Cup of racing in Russia, and then getting back home for some much needed rest.”

Biathlon Canada is the governing body for biathlon in the country, and oversees the IBU Cup, World Cup, Canadian Championships, Eastern and Western Canadian Championships, and North American Cups held in Canada. With the support of its valued corporate partners – Mackenzie Investments, iON Worldwide, Kama, Roeckl Sports, Lapua, USANA, and ZiZU Optics – along with the Government of Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee and Own the Podium, Biathlon Canada’s mandate is to provide national level programs for the continuous development of biathlon athletes from the grassroots to the elite level. For more information on Biathlon Canada, please visit us at www.biathloncanada.ca on the Internet.

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