Bittersweet Day for Canada’s Brendan Green Finishing 21st at Biathlon World Champs

KONTIOLAHTI, Fin.—Brendan Green will head into the final weekend of the Biathlon World Championships with mixed emotions after a 21st place finish in the men’s 20-kilometre individual race on Thursday.

The 28-year-old Hay River, N.W.T. product was nearly perfect on the range, missing just one shot in a race that puts a premium on shooting, but he did not have the ski speed required to be in the podium mix. The two-time Olympian, who has threatened the podium by finishing in the top-10 on several occasions this year, clocked-in at 50:29.0 (1+0+0+0).

“My results have been strong her all week, but I do have mixed feelings. My shooting has been quite phenomenal which is awesome, but I’ve been struggling with my ski form since our last World Cup after a crash in Oslo,” said Green, who set a new shooting record earlier this year knocking off 50 straight targets. “I was unable to train or shoot much at all leading up to Kontiolahti, being forced to address issues with my back so I really didn’t know what to expect performance wise.

“I’m happy with my races so far here, and how I’ve been able to handle everything considering my current situation, but at the same time I know these results could likely have been so much more if I was 100 per cent healthy. That’s just the way it goes sometimes but I’m doing my best,” added Green.

Martin Fourcade, of France, set the time to beat at 47:29.4 (0+1+0+0), and waited for the world to come and catch him. Norway’s Emil Hegle Svendsen shot clean to win the silver medal at 47:50.3, while Ondrej Moravec claimed the bronze medal with a time of 48:09.0 (0+1+0+0).

The 21st-place finish for Green qualifies him to race in Sunday’s mass start competition with the top-30 athletes.

“I’m pretty pumped about that, and looking forward to the rest of the week,” said Green. “I’m looking forward to hopefully finishing off the Championships with more strong results.”

Three Calgary-based Canadians put on the race bib for the men’s individual race. Nathan Smith struggled with his shooting, missing five targets (0+1+2+2), to finish 44th at 52:32.6. Scott Gow placed 63rd at 53:49.0 (1+1+1+1), while his younger brother Christian finished two spots back in 65th with a time of 53:57.0 (1+1+1+0).

The Biathlon World Championships continue on Friday with the women’s 4×6-kilometre relay. The men’s relay is set for Saturday with the mass start events slated for Sunday.

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