[MEDAL ALERT] Perfect shooting helps Mark Arendz win gold in Para biathlon

Canadian Paralympic Committee

March 08, 2022

10th career Games medal for PEI native

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BEIJING – Mark Arendz of Hartsville, PEI shot 20-for-20 en route to the gold medal in the men’s 10-kilometre Para biathlon race at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games.

It was a second medal at these Games for the 32-year-old after earning a bronze in the six-kilometre sprint biathlon on Saturday. He has now reached the 10-medal mark for his career at four Paralympic Winter Games appearances, including two gold.

Arendz went stride for stride with Ukrainian Grygorii Vovchynskyi throughout the race and the gold was ultimately decided at the fourth and last shooting range. Both competitors had been perfect to that point but the Ukrainian missed one target. He was forced to ski a penalty loop and fell too far behind to catch Arendz.

The Canadian clocked 31 minutes and 45.2 seconds, with Vovchynskyi 32.8 seconds behind. Alexandr Gerlits of Kazakhstan was third.

Arendz won the bronze in the same middle-distance event at the past two Games.

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