Cross Country Canada - SURNADAL, Nor.—Mark Arendz won his second straight biathlon bronze, making it a six-pack for the Canadians heading into the final weekend of the World Cup Finals in Surnadal, Norway on Friday.
Arendz, of Hartsville, P.E.I. rocketed his way around the two-kilometre track for the fifth and final time to grab the bronze-medal position on the podium with a time of 36 minutes, 43.5 seconds in the men’s 10-kilometre standing race.
“There was a lot of misses shooting today which highlighted the race,” said Arendz, who missed three shots in four rounds of shooting. “It was a very tight race and many lead changes throughout the day. It was a great race for me, especially a strong finishing lap that moved me into podium position despite my difficulties shooting.”
Russia’s Vladislav Lekomtcev matched Arendz’s shooting 1+0+2+0 to squeak win the gold with a time of 35:31.4. Grygorii Vovchynski, of the Ukraine, missed just one shot in his first stop at the range en route to claiming the silver at 35:58.2.
Cross-Country skiing takes centre stage on Saturday at the IPC World Cup Finals. The final biathlon race will be held Sunday.
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