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Emily Dickson of Burns Lake qualifies for World Cup biathlon pursuit, finishes 48th

26-year-old Caledonia Nordic Ski Club member starting to find her stride in world's top biathlon circuit

Emily Dickson of Burns Lake finished 48th Sunday in the IBU World Cup biathlon women’s 10-kilometre pursuit in Oestersund, Sweden.

The 26-year-old picked up 10 positions during the race, after she qualified 58th in Friday’s sprint.

Only the top 60 in the sprint advance to the pursuit.

Dickson was perfect in her first prone shooting bout, then had two misses in her first crack at the targets while standing and also was forced t ski two penalty loops for her second prone session. She hadn’t  completed her second standing bout when the race ended for her and the rest of the lapped skiers.

Lou Jeanmonnot won gold in 31:43.2, sprinting to the finish three-10th of a second ahead of Franziska Preuss of Germany. Vaness Voight of Germany won bronze.

Benita Peiffer of Whistler finished 37th, 4:53 off the pace, after qualifying 51st.

Dickson shot nine-for-10 in her sprint Friday and was pleased with her efforts on the Oetersund course, the first stop in the World Cup tour this season.

“Ooof. That was a tough one on the lungs,” Dickson posted Saturday on her Facebook page.

“After a couple of really challenging opening races, I’m really proud of the focus + headspace I was able to bring to yesterday’s sprint.

“While I still have much loftier goals for the season, this felt like a baby step in the right direction… and that’s all I can ask for. And I’m very happy to have survived to fight another day.”

In the men’s pursuit on Sunday, Sebastian Samuellsson of Sweden won the men’s 12.5 km race in 31:38.4, five seconds ahead of Philipp Nawrath of Germany and seven seconds in front of Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen of Norway.

Christian Gow of Calgary placed 38th, 3:43.3 behind the winner, after posting the 51st-best qualifying time. Adam Runnalls of Calgary qualified for the pursuit but did not race.