Canada’s Mark Arendz Discovers Golden at IPC Biathlon World Cup in Wisconsin

ABLE, Wisc.—Canada’s Mark Arendz celebrated his first gold medal of the season at the IPC Biathlon World Cup in Cable, Wisconsin on Friday.

The 22-year-old, of Springton, P.E.I., shot clean in his two trips to the range in the 7.5-kilometre sprint race to set the time to beat at 21:09.7.

“It is a relief to finally put everything together in a single race and take the top spot on the podium,” said Arendz. “My shooting felt solid. The targets seemed to grow bigger as I was shooting across. I pushed harder on the course and was skiing far more aggressive than I had in yesterday’s race.”

The gold medal builds on stellar week for the rising start in Paralympic sport. Arendz rattled off silver medal performances in two cross-country ski races before finishing second one more time on Thursday in the individual biathlon competition.

Norway’s Nils-Erik Ulset finished second at 21:16.7 (1+1). Russia’s Oleg Balukhto missed just one shot in his second round of shooting to secure third with a time of 22:06.2

It was the fifth victory and 19th IPC World Cup medal of Arendz’s career.

Gabriel Denis was the only other Canadian in the field and finished eighth at 36:48.3.

The IPC Biathlon World Cup continues on Saturday in Cable, Wisconsin.

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