Tough World Cup results for Beaudry

Thursday was a day of disappointment on the World Cup trail for Prince George biathlete Sarah Beaudry.

The 24-year-old Caledonia Nordic Ski Club member finished 89th out of 100 starters in the women's 7.5-kilometre sprint in Oberhof, Germany.

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Beaudry missed two of five prone targets and had one miss in her standing shooting bout. She ended up 3:21.2 off the winning 22:34.6 pace of Lisa Vitozzi of Italy, who recorded her first-ever World Cup victory.

Anais Chevalier of France was second, 5.3 seconds behind Vitozzi, while Hanna Oeberg of Sweden won bronze, 15 seconds behind. All medalists shot clean.

Emma Lunder of Vernon emerged as the top Canadian in 46th place, 1:49.2 behind Vitozzi with two misses on the range. Rosanna Crawford also made the top-60 cut to advance to Saturday's pursuit. She was 2:06.3 behind with two misses. Megan Bankes of Calgary placed 87th.

The men race today on the Oberhof course in a 10 km sprint. Scott Gow of Canmore will start sixth, followed 41st in the order by his brother Christian. Brendan Green of Hay River, N.W.T., will leave the gate 87th and Jules Burnotte of Sherbrooke, Que., will start 95th out of 108 entries.

Beaudry will get another chance to race Sunday in the women's 4x6 km relay. She's coming off her best ever World Cup result, a 12th-place finish in the sprint race Dec. 21 in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic.

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