Youth/Junior Worlds Open in Estonia

By Bill Kellick | Feb. 27, 2018, 1:16 p.m. (ET)

OTEPAA, Estonia (February 27, 2018) – The 2018 IBU Youth/Junior World Championships kicked off Monday in Otepaa, Estonia, with 379 athletes representing 35 nations over the seven days of competition.

The youth men and women opened the event on Monday racing individual distances; 12.5 kilometers for men and 10 kilometers for women. Vasek Cervenka (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca) was the top performer for Team USA in the men’s race, finishing 27th despite six penalties. His time was four minutes, 25.5 seconds back of the winning time turned in by Russia’s Mikhail Pervushin, who had one penalty. Filip Andersen of Norway took the silver medal while the bronze medal went to France’s Martin Bourgeois Republique.

Other Americans in the race were Garrett Beckrich (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca) in 48th, Eli Nielsen (Stehekin, Wash./Methow Valley Biathlon) in 64th, and Maxime Germain (Anchorage, Alaska/Alaska Biathlon) in 70th.

In the women’s 10k individual, Elvira Oeberg of Sweden, sister of Olympic gold medalist Hanna Oeberg, won her own gold medal in 35:35.9, with one penalty. Behind Oeberg, Russia’s Anastasia Shevchenko took the silver medal, while teammate Anastasiia Goreeva won the bronze.

Emma Stertz (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca) was the top finisher for the U.S. in 60th place, followed by Helen Wilson (Eagle River, Alaska/Alaska Biathlon) in 74th, Lexie Madigan (Truckee, Calif./Auburn Ski Club) in 83rd, and Grace Gilliland (Eagle River, Alaska/Alaska Biathlon) in 84th.

On Tuesday, the junior men’s relay team of Cody Johnson (Fort Kent, Maine/Outdoor Sports Institute), Tim Cunningham (Springfield, N.H./St. Lawrence University), Cam Christiansen (Pequot Lake, Minn./NNW) and Jake Pearson (Casper, Wyo./Casper Mountain Biathlon Club) finished 19th. The team from Russia captured the gold medal and were joined on the podium by the teams from Norway and France who won the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

Competition continues on Wednesday with the relays for junior men and junior women.

Full results at biathlonresults.com.

Youth Men’s 12.5km individual results

1.

Mikhail Pervushin (RUS)

37:41.2/+1

2.

Filip Andersen (NOR)

+12.3/+1

3.

Martin Bourgeois Republique (FRA)

+47.2/+2

27.

Vasek Cervenka (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca)

+4:25.5/+6

48.

Garrett Beckrich (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca)

+6:03.9/+7

64.

Eli Nielsen (Stehekin, Wash./Methow Valley Biathlon)

+7:21.8/+4

70.

Maxime Germain (Anchorage, Alaska/Alaska Biathlon)

+8:15.6/+7

 

Youth Women’s 10km individual results

1.

Elvira Oeberg (SWE)

35:35.9/+1

2.

Anastasia Shevchenko (RUS)

+35.6/+2

3.

Anastasiia Goreeva (RUS)

+53.8/+3

60.

Emma Stertz (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca)

+6:01.9/+2

74.

Helen Wilson (Eagle River, Alaska/Alaska Biathlon)

+8:00.9/+5

83.

Lexie Madigan (Truckee, Calif./Auburn Ski Club)

+10:53.9/+9

84.

Grace Gilliland (Eagle River, Alaska/Alaska Biathlon)

+11:26.3/+9

 

Junior Men’s 4x7.5km relay results

1.

Russia (Khalili, Tomshin, Maleev, Malinovskii)

1:25:21.2/0+9

2.

Norway (Bakken, Dale, Stroemsheim, Laegreid)

+57.1/3+13

3.

France (Rivail, Claude, Lamure, Perrillat Bottonet)

+2:45.6/2+9

19.

USA (Johnson, Cunningham, Christiansen, Pearson)

+24:31.1/8+18