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Crawford, Perras Double Up for North American Championships Biathlon Victories

This weekend in Canmore, Canadian biathletes contested the North American Summer Championships with sprint and pursuit races both on rollerskis and on foot. The elite field rollerskied, with national team members Rosanna Crawford and Scott Perras sweeping in in the women’s and men’s divisions.

In Saturday’s sprint, Crawford bested teammate Melanie Schultz by 41 seconds despite missing a shot in standing while Schultz cleaned. Junior racer Julia Ransom also cleaned to place third, just over a minute behind Crawford. On Sunday, the podium remained the same, with Crawford collecting only three penalties to Schultz’s five and extending her lead to a minute and 24 seconds. Ransom again took bronze, this time with five penalties.

In the men’s field, Perras opened with a commanding 57-second win over fellow national team member Scott Gow in the sprint; American Bill Bowler was third, 1:48 back. All three men had a single missed shot. On Sunday, the national team’s Nathan Smith created some excitement when he skied and shot his way onto the podium. After a disappointing sprint in which he missed six shots and fell over four minutes behind Perras, Smith rebounded by hitting all but one of his targets on Sunday, and moving into silver medal position, under a minute behind Perras, who had five penalties. Lukas Kristejn of the Czech Republic was third with four penalties.

Results: Saturday sprint / Sunday pursuit

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