Dickson on target at biathlon nationals

Emily Dickson has struck gold for the second time in two races at the Canadian/North American biathlon championships at Callaghan Valley near Whistler.

The 21-year-old Caledonia Nordic Ski Club member from Burns Lake won the junior women's individual race Thursday morning, finishing the 12.5-kilometre course in 35:46.0 with just two misses in four shooting rounds. Fresh from competing in Europe on the IBU Cup circuit, Dickson crossed the finish 4:11.1 ahead of her B.C. teammate, silver medalist Larissa Black of Squamish, who missed three targets.

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Dickson also won Wednesday's sprint, with just one miss and a time of 20:45.8 in the 7.5 km event.

She will be the jackrabbit for the rest of the junior women's field in Saturday's pursuit and will have a 1:37.7 head start when she starts the race. That gap was the margin of victory for Dickson in the sprint ahead of second-place Zoe Pekos of Ontario.

In other Caledonia club results, women's sprint winner Sarah Beaudry of Prince George was fourth in Thursday's individual race. Beaudry, a 24-year-old who competed all season on the BMW World Cup stage, had six missed targets and ended up 2:58.4 behind her national teammate, Nadia Moser of Whitehorse, who set the pace in the individual event.

Moser clocked 35:26.1 with two misses on the range. Megan Bankes of Calgary (+2:25.9, 2+1+1+1) won silver and Emma Lunder of Vernon (+2:43.2, 2+1+2+1) claimed bronze.

In the men's 15 km individual race, Christian Gow of Canmore (37:38.7, 1+0+0+0) edged Nathan Smith of Calgary (+6.8, 0+0+1+0) for top spot on the podium. Brendan Green of Hay River, N.W.T. (+36.5, 0+1+0+0) took bronze.

Smith was the sprint winner Wednesday and will leave the start gate for Saturday's pursuit 19.6 seconds ahead of Scott Gow of Canmore, the silver medalist in the sprint.

Other Caledonia sprint results from the Wednesday afternoon session were as follows: Senior girls - 5.

Brynn Witwicki (+1:25.0, 2+1), 12. Lia Huggett (+27:32.9, 3+0); Senior boys - 5. Nicholas Veeken (+1:21.3, 1+0), 15. Damian Georgyev (+3:42.3, 1+4), 19. Liam Connon (+4:04.7, 1+4), 37. Quinn Neil (+6:39.6, 2+5); Masters men - 12. Alan Witwicki (+10:11.2, 1+4).

Thursday's afternoon individual event results for the younger age groups were not available on the championships website. The event wraps up Sunday with team relays.

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