POSTED: Friday February 25th 2011
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Canada's Mark Arendz Fires Third Gold Medal of Season at IPC Biathlon World Cup
Young Canuck earns red bib as Overall IPC World Cup leader
FINSTERAU, Ger.—Canada’s Mark Arendz has proved he is the man to beat after capturing his third gold medal of the IPC Biathlon World Cup season on Friday in Finsterau, Germany.
The 20-year-old Arendz, of Springton, P.E.I. captured the gold in the biathlon pursuit competition after shooting clean in both the morning qualification and afternoon finals to post a time of 8:30.95 in the men’s standing division.
“I had another really good day and am very happy that I was able to shoot clean,” said Arendz. “I’m carrying a lot of confidence. My skis have been really fast and my shooting has been great so its good for sure.”
Arendz held off a hard-charging Yoshihiro Nitta, of Japan, who finished 21.17 seconds behind in the silver medal position. Russia’s Kirill Mikhaylov nailed the bronze medal after crossing the line 38.14 seconds behind Arendz.
Friday’s performance marks the third time this year, and of his young career, that Arendz has made the trip to the top of the international podium. The 2010 Paralympian has enjoyed a dream season where he has broken through to win three gold, two silver and two bronze medals, which has earned him the red bib as the overall leader of the IPC World Cup.
“I’m definitely feeling like I am now one of the top guys out here to beat,” said Arendz, who also has two bronze medals from the 2010 campaign under his belt.“I think this is four years of hard work finally starting to pay off and I’m training with a really good group of guys hat have been pushing me hard in Canmore.”
Jody Barber, of Smithers, B.C., was the only other Canadian to hit the start line and finished sixth in the women’s standing race, finishing one minute, 54.97 seconds behind Finland’s Maija Loytynoja who won the gold with a time of 9:50.12.
The IPC World Cup continues on Saturday with the cross-country ski distance races.
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