Arendz wins gold, Hudak takes silver in biathlon at Para-Nordic Worlds

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ÖSTERSUND, Sweden — Canada’s Mark Arendz won a gold medal in the men’s 10 km standing biathlon at the 2023 Para Nordic World Championships on Wednesday.

Brittany Hudak added a bronze medal in the women’s 10K standing as Canada increased their medal haul to 10 midway through the race.

Arendz of Hartsville, PEI captured his fourth world title with a winning time of 27 minutes 56.2 seconds.

The four-time Paralympian was the only competitor in the field to shoot clean and knock down all 20 targets.

Ukrainian Grygorii Vovchynskyi missed a shot in his final stop in the shootout, forcing him into a 150m penalty loop and falling to second place with 28:29.0.

Third went to Ukraine’s Serhii Romaniuk in 29:24.6.

“I was frustrated with my shooting performance in the sprint, so today I had to get my focus back on what’s important,” said Arendz, 32, who finished second in the biathlon race on short distances earlier this week. “Shooting today was challenging with the changing light and the changing winds. The key for me was to stay in control of the range.”

Hudak, 29, of Prince Albert, Sask., missed two of her first shots but raced back into contention to make the podium in 34:40.7.

Liudmyla Liashenko (32:16.4) won gold and her Ukrainian compatriot Bohdana Konashuk (33:34.8) took silver.

“Today I felt a bit tougher but I’m happy that I was able to refocus after the first non-ideal stage,” said Hudak.

Derek Zaplotinsky of Smoky Lake, Alta., finished fourth in the men’s 10K sit ski with a time of 34:28.9.

The world championships continue on Friday with the biathlon distance races.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 25, 2023.

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