Tandy nails win at national trials

National biathlon team veteran Megan Tandy served notice she's ready to represent Canada this season on World Cup stage.

The 30-year-old from Prince George won the women's sprint race at the Canadian team trials Thursday in Canmore, Alta. She finished the 7.5-kilomtetre course in 21 minutes 17.5 seconds. Tandy shot clean in her prone round and missed just one of five targets while standing.

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Rosanna Crawford of Canmore was second, 5.7 seconds behind Tandy, while Nadia Moser of Whitehorse, Yukon, was third, 21.2 seconds off the pace.

Sarah Beaudry of Prince George, 24, placed fourth, 24.1 behind Tandy, her Caledonia Nordic Ski Club compatriot. Emily Dickson, 21, a Caledonia club member from Burns Lake, was seventh

In Tuesday's sprint, Tandy ended up second, 22.8 seconds behind Megan Bankes of Calgary. Tandy had one miss in her standing bout. Dickson was sixth. Beaudry did not race.

In the men's 10 km sprint Thursday, Nathan Smith won it in 24:02.7 with just one miss in the prone shooting round. Christian Gow of Canmore was second (4.2 seconds behind), Aidan Millar of Canmore was third (35.7).

Matt Neumann of Prince George placed 12th (2:01.1). He missed three of his standing targets. The 30-year-old Neumann finished 16th on Tuesday.

Christian Gow edged his brother Scott on Tuesday, winning by 47.9 seconds.

The trials will determine Canada's teams for the IBU World Cup, IBU Cup and IBU Junior Cup circuits for the first race segment, starting in late November. Christian Gow and Crawford are pre-qualified for World Cup spots.

Last winter, Tandy qualified for her third Olympics and was in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where she finished 57th in the sprint, but developed a chest infection and was too sick to race for the rest of the Olympic competition.

She gave up her spot in the individual race to Beaudry, who finished 29th.

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