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Canadian Para biathlete Mark Arendz wins general World Cup title after undefeated season

Canadian Para biathlete Mark Arendz accomplished an ideal season whereas capturing the lads’s general World Cup title on Wednesday in Prince George, B.C.

The Hartsville, P.E.I., native gained the lads’s 10-kilometre standing race to open the Para Nordic World Cup Finals, posting a time of 27 minutes, 42 seconds on the Caledonia Nordic Ski Membership. Ukraine’s Serhii Romaniuk (28:37.5) took silver forward of Germany’s Marco Maier (29:34.5).

Arendz claimed his third profession Crystal Globe after profitable all 4 Para biathlon races on the World Cup circuit this season. He additionally swept all three particular person occasions on the inaugural Para Biathlon World Championships final week at Caledonia.

”The sensation is improbable and it’s much more amplified at the moment by being at house,” Arendz mentioned. ”It makes it additional particular.”

The 2-time Paralympic biathlon champion missed only one of his 20 photographs throughout 4 rounds on Wednesday — his first miss of the World Cup season. Arendz shot completely in three of 4 occasions at Para biathlon worlds.

”I am really extra pleased with the psychological facet of my capturing,” Arendz mentioned. ”Whenever you go into your final spherical of capturing and you recognize for those who’re excellent you will not be caught, that is a distinct stress.”

Whereas Arendz isn’t any stranger to success in biathlon, with eight Paralympic medals within the self-discipline, this season marked a step ahead for the 34-year-old.

“After I first began out I hoped that sooner or later I’d have the capabilities to win day in, day trip,” Arendz mentioned. ”And right here during the last month I’ve realized that I’m that man.”

In different Canadian outcomes, Collin Cameron of Bracebridge, Ont., completed fourth within the males’s sitting occasion, his first race of the season after being out with a sinus an infection. Smoky Lake, Alta., native Derek Zaplotinsky positioned two spots behind Cameron.

Salmon Arm, B.C.’s Natalie Wilkie and Prince Albert, Sask.’s Brittany Hudak had been fifth and sixth, respectively, within the ladies’s standing race.

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