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Emily Dickson posts 52nd-place finish at biathlon world championships

Burns Lake biathlete top Canadian in 60-skier race in Nove Mesto, Czechia
Emily Dickson of Burns Lake shows her elation after she qualified for the women's pursuit after her sprint race Friday at the IBU Biathlon Word Championships in Nove Mesto, Czechia.

Emily Dickson of Prince George was the top Canadian Sunday at the IBU Biathlon World Championships women’s pursuit in Nove Mesto, Czechia.

The 26-year-old Burns Lake native started the 60-skier race in 57th place, 2:56 after Simon started her race and picked up five positions to finish 52nd in a time 36 minutes 30.8 seconds.

Dickson shot 17-for-20 in the 15-kilometre race.

Julia Simon of France, Friday’s sprint winner, held her lead the entire 10-kilometre race and captured her second win of the championships. Simon had just one miss on the range and clocked 29:54.8, 46.3 seconds ahead of silver medalist Lida Vittozzi of Italy.

Justine Braisaz-Bouchet won bronze, 49.3 off the gold-medal pace.

In other Canadian results, Nadia Moser finished in 56th place, 6:52.3 behind Simon, with four missed targets.

In the men’s 12.5 km pursuit on Sunday, Norway dominated the race, locking up the top five positions.

Johannes Thingnes Boe led the way, passing teammate and sprint winner Sturla Holm Langried to claim gold in32:36.9 with just three missed targets. Langried won silver (+28.7) and VetleSjaastad Christianson  completed the Norwegian podium sweep to claim bronze (+38.5).

Adam Runnalls of Calgary, the only Canadian to qualify in the top-60, had a rough day on the shooting range and went 10-for20. Runnalls started 17th, 1:43 after Langried began his race.

Next up for Dickson and the rest of the Canadian women’s team, which also incudes Emma Lunder of Vernon and Benita Peiffer of Whistler, is the 15 km individual event on Tuesday.

The men race their 20 km individual event on Wednesday.