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Armstrong 65th in Slovakia world championships

February 24, 2017
By staff , Lake Placid News

Lake Placid High School graduate Nina Armstrong opened her biathlon Junior World Championships competition Thursday with a 65th-place finish in the 12.5-kilometer individual race in Brezno-Osrblie, Slovakia.

Armstrong, who is now a sophomore at Harvard College, was hampered by eight penalties on the shooting range and finished 14 minutes, 15 seconds behind Canadian Megan Bankes, who won the race in 37:22 with no penalties.

It was the second gold medal of the championships for Bankes. Julia Schwaiger of Austria placed second Thursday and Anna Weidel of Germany was third.

Armstrong and Siena Ellingson, of Minnetonka, Minnesota, represented the United States in the race. Ellingson finished 50th with four penalties and 7:11 behind the leader.

Due to Wednesday's rain and a warm overnight in Brezno-Osrblie, Thursday's competitions were delayed by 30 minutes to allow for some extra grooming and preparation of the tracks. Although the snow was soft in spots, the tracks remained in good condition with a hard frozen base, and there was just a moderate breeze on the shooting range.

In the junior men's 15K individual race, Cody Johnson, of Fort Kent, Maine, was the top American in 50th place. Johnson hit 18 of 20 targets on the range and finished 5:08.3 seconds behind Norway's Sindre Pettersen who took the gold medal. Pettersen won with a time of 40:17.2 and his only two penalties came on the last standing stage. The silver medal went to Germany's David Zobel, with three penalties, 51.2 seconds back. Nikita Lobastov of Russia won the bronze medal with one penalty, 55.2 seconds back.

Other Americans in the junior men's race were Cameron Christiansen (Pequot Lake, Minnesota) who finished 72nd, and Peter Carroll (Truckee, California) who placed 79th.



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