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Doherty Bronze in World Juniors Sprint, Millar 8th

Sean Doherty of the United States made his mark on the World Junior Championships history books on Saturday, after earning multiple gold medals in the youth category in previous seasons. In the junior men’s 10 k sprint, Doherty finished third in 24:59.2 with a single penalty. It was a rebound after his 14th-place finish in the individual competition already held at this venue outside of Minsk, Belarus.

Back in 2013, Sean Doherty enjoyed every second of his time carrying the American flag across the finish line as a World Champion in the youth pursuit, the first American gold since 1997. In his first season in the junior age category, Doherty finished third in the World Juniors sprint in Belarus on Saturday. (Photo: UBSA/NordicFocus)

Back in 2013, Sean Doherty enjoyed every second of his time carrying the American flag across the finish line as a World Champion in the youth pursuit, the first American gold since 1997. In his first season in the junior age category, Doherty finished third in the World Juniors sprint in Belarus on Saturday. (Photo: UBSA/NordicFocus)

The win went to Alexsandr Dediukhin of Russia, who had been in third place after the final shooting. Dediukhin was the only one of the top competitors to shoot clean, and in bib 30 also a later starter. He attacked on the final loop and made up 2 seconds to take the win.

Doherty had the fourth-fastest split after the last shooting, but surpassed Niklas Homberg of Germany to secure a medal.

For Canada, Aidan Millar finished eighth. Like Doherty, he is making the move up from the youth category, where he finished ninth in the sprint last year in Presque Isle, Maine. Millar also had a single penalty, and was sitting in fifth after the last shooting. He was unable to hang onto that position though – possibly because as one of the earliest starters, he was at a disadvantage in that his competitors knew how fast to ski to beat him.

In the junior women’s sprint earlier in the morning, Maddie Phaneuf of the United States was the top North American finisher, placing 33rd.

Stay tuned for a full report on the men’s and women’s junior sprints later today.

Results: men / women

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