Brendan Green first Canadian in men's 15K biathlon

Once again, Brendan Green was the fastest Canadian biathlete when he placed 9th in the men's 15K biathlon in Sochi this morning.

Brendan Green was once again the fastest Canadian biathlete at the Winter Olympic Games this morning. 

The Hay River athlete came in 9th place in the men's mass start 15K biathlon in Sochi, Russia earlier today. 

He completed the course in 43:38.3, just 1:09.2 behind the winner, Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway. 

Green missed a target on each of the first two trips to the range but picked up his pace to finish inside the top 10.

However, falling snow throughout the race made skiing a challenge and interfered with visibility on the range.

Canada's Jean-Philippe Le Guellec was in second place at the midpoint of the race, but it appeared he pushed too early as he began to fall away from the lead group. A missed shot on the final trip to the range saw Le Guellec drop back further, and he ultimately finished 10th with a time of 43:41.6.

After missing five targets over the first two trips to the range, Canadian Nathan Smith withdrew from the race. 

Thirty people took part in the mass men's 15K.

Earlier in the games, Green was also the fastest Canadian when he placed 21st in the men's 20K biathlon. 

He also placed 23rd in the men's 10 kilometre sprint and 35th in the 12.5 kilometre men's pursuit.