—Mark Arendz places fifth and Brittany Hudak fourth—
CANMORE, Alta.—It may not have been good enough for a medal, but it was solid outing for Canada’s Mark Arendz on day two of the season-opening IPC World Cup in Canmore, Alta. on Tuesday.
The 23 year old, of Springton, P.E.I., led the world’s best around the rolling classic-ski sprint track at the Canmore Nordic Centre until the final climb where his podium hopes were dashed, and the 2010 Paralympian was forced to settle for fifth place in the men’s standing division.
“It was a solid result and it shows my fitness is there, but I just ran out of gas on that final climb and the guys closed the gap on me,” said Arendz. “I have to be happy today. My focus is on the biathlon races and these solid results in cross-country will help prepare myself for those events coming up.”
Russia’s Vladislav Lekomtcev won the men’s standing class. Finland’s IIkka Tuomisto was scond, while Russia’s Rushan Minnegulov locked up the bronze.
Brittany Hudak was the top Canadian woman in her first IPC World Cup. The Prince Albert, Sask. resident, who has been competing domestically over the last year, finished fourth in the women’s sit-ski race. Hudak was just off the pace of Russia’s Alena Kaufman who won the gold.
Stephanie Dixon, of Whitehorse, also qualified for the heats in her first IPC World Cup start in the women’s standing division. In just her first season of Para-Nordic racing, Dixon was eliminated in the opening round and placed eighth. Tanya Quesnel, of Sudbury, Ont., was 12th.
The women’s standing class was won by Norway’s Mariann Marthinsen.
More than 110 athletes representing 12 countries will compete in six International Paralympic Committee World Cup races in Canmore, Alberta that will serve as a critical qualifying event for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
The IPC World Cup continues on Thursday at the Canmore Nordic Centre with the distance cross-country ski races.
For more information and complete results including each of the 19 Canadians entered, please visit the event web site at www.albertaworldcup.com.
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