Tandy leads Canadians in World Cup race

Megan Tandy was the top Canadian Thursday, finishing 62nd in the BMW World Cup biathlon women's 15-kilometre individual race in Pokljuka, Slovenia.

The 30-year-old Caledonia Nordic Ski Club member from Prince George stopped the clock four minutes 30.4 seconds after gold-medalist Yulia Dzhilma of Ukraine crossed the finish. Dzhilma shot clean in four shooting bouts and finished the course in 43:06.6 for her first World Cup win.

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Tandy missed three of her 10 prone targets and cleaned all 10 standing targets.

Rosanna Crawford of Canmore, Alta., placed 64th, 4:34.7 behind the winning pace, after three misses on the range. Emma Lunder of Vernon was 71st (5:22.2 behind, with four misses), and Nadia Moser of Whitehorse, Yukon was 98th, 10:20.4 off the pace with seven missed targets.

In the men's 20 km individual event postponed until Thursday due to foggy conditions, Martin Fourcade of France won gold in 47:09.2. Canadian brothers Scott and Christian Gow of Canmore were not far behind. Scott finished 14th overall, 1:43.3 behind Fourcade, while Christian was 16th, 1:59.2 off the pace. Each of the Gows had just one miss. Brendan Green of Hay River, N.W.T., was 100th, 9:04.1 behind. He missed seven of 20 targets.

World Cup action resumes today with the men's 10 km sprint, followed on Saturday by the women's 7.5 km sprint. The pursuits are scheduled for Sunday.

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