Mark Arendz's bid for 3rd Paralympic medal falls short
The 24-year-old from Hartsville, P.E.I., finishes 11th in 15K biathlon
Canada’s Mark Arendz couldn’t add to his Paralympic medal total in the men’s 15 km standing biathlon on Friday in Sochi, finishing in 11th place.
Arendz, of Hartsville, P.E.I., had won silver in the 7.5 km race and bronze in the 12.5K earlier in the games, but never really threatened in the longest of the three biathlons, falling over a minute behind the leaders early on and unable to make up the time.
Grygorii Vovchynski of the Ukraine won gold with a time of 37 minutes, 41.1 seconds, a mere 3.1 seconds ahead of silver-medallist Nils-Erik Ulset of Norway and only 4.5 seconds ahead of Kirill Mikhaylov of Russia in the bronze medal position. Vovchynski took silver behind Arendz in the men’s standing 7.5 km biathlon at the worlds in 2013, and won another in the 12.5K race.
The 24-year-old Arendz, who was the overall World Cup champ this season in the men’s standing biathlon circuit, finished in 40:34.2, which was 2:53.1 behind Vovchynski.
Skiers could breathe a sigh of relief on Friday, as they got a reprieve from the brutal conditions that have plagued the mountain cluster in Sochi for most of the Games. Though the weather was still a bit mild, there was no driving blizzard or sticky snow to contend with, as the skies were clear and the snowstorm from two nights earlier left the course in good shape.
Alena Kaufman of Russia came within 2.1 seconds of sweeping the women’s standing biathlon events at the Paralympics, but had to settle for silver behind Ukraine’s Oleksandra Kononova in the 12.5K category. Fellow Russian Natalia Bratiuk took bronze. Ottawa’s Caroline Bisson was 12th.
Roman Petushkov won his fifth gold medal of the Paralympics in the men’s sitting 15 km classification, over two minutes ahead of his nearest rival. The Russian has also won gold medals in the 12.5 km and 7 km biathlons, as well as the 15 km and 1 km cross-country events. He’ll go for a sixth in the men’s 20 km cross-country race to close out the Games.
It was a Russian sweep in the event as Grigory Murygin took silver and Aleksandr Davidovich won bronze.
Russian Svetlana Konovalova won her first gold and fourth medal overall in the women’s sitting 12.5 km classification, 43.1 seconds ahead of silver-medallist Anja Wicker of Germany. Olena Iurkovska of the Ukraine took bronze.
Nikolay Polukhin won the men’s visually impaired 15 km in 36:42.9, over one minute ahead of Ukrainian Anatolii Kovalevskyi’s silver-medal time of 38:18.2. Fellow Ukraine teammate Vitaliy Lukyanenko took bronze.
Russians Iuliia Budaleeva and Mikhalina Lysova finished 1-2 in the women’s visually impaired 12.5 km classification. Oksana Shyshkova of the Ukraine won bronze.