Levins Posts Second Top-10 Finish at Youth/Junior Worlds

By Bill Kellick | March 03, 2018, 10:51 a.m. (ET)

OTEPAA, Estonia (March 3, 2018) – Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt./Biathlon Mountain Top Nordic Ski Club) skied to her second consecutive top-10 finish of the week on Saturday at the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Estonia. She placed seventh in the junior women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint, with just one penalty, one minute, 31.7 seconds off the winning time.

“Our wax techs and staff hit the nail on the head again today,” Levins said. “Conditions were perfect on the track and wind was calm on the range. It was a really tough race for everyone and a close fight for me on the last loop.”

Kamila Zuk of Poland took her second gold medal of the week by winning the junior women’s sprint with one penalty in 22:32.5. The silver medal went to Marketa Davidova of Czech Republic with two penalties, 26 seconds back. France’s Myrtille Begue shot clean to take the bronze medal, 52 seconds behind Zuk.

“For me, the sprint race is the toughest biathlon competition,” added Levins. “There’s very little room for error or delay in both the skiing and shooting. It’s one of my goals to sharpen aspects of sprint racing in the future.”

Levins’ performance comes on the heels of her sixth-place finish in Thursday’s 12.5k individual and sets her up nicely for Sunday’s 10k pursuit race.

“There’s almost nothing I love more than being in the hunt during a biathlon pursuit,” said Levins looking ahead to Sunday. “Tomorrow will be a lot of fun.”

In the junior men’s 10k sprint held later in the day, Cody Johnson (Fort Kent, Maine/Outdoor Sports Institute) was the top American in 37th place with clean shooting on the range. Tim Cunningham (Springfield, N.H./St. Lawrence University) was 71st, Jake Pearson (Casper, Wyo./Casper Mountain Biathlon Club) finished 79th, and Cam Christiansen (Pequot Lake, Minn./NNW) placed 86th.

Vasili Tomshin of Russia won the junior men’s sprint with clean shooting and a time of 25:01.8. France’s Martin Perrillat Bottonet won the silver medal with one penalty, 20.5 seconds back, and the bronze medal went to Sverre Dahlen Aspenes of Norway, 29.4 seconds behind despite two penalties.

Competition concludes on Sunday with pursuit races for both the youth and junior divisions. In addition to Levins in the junior women’s race and Johnson in the junior men’s event, the U.S. team will be represented by Emma Stertz (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca) and Grace Gilliland (Eagle River, Alaska/Alaska Biathlon) in the youth women’s pursuit, and Vasek Cervenka (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca), Eli Nielsen (Stehekin, Wash./Methow Valley Biathlon) and Garrett Beckrich (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca) in the youth men’s pursuit.

Full results at biathlonresults.com.

Junior Women’s 7.5km sprint results

1.

Kamila Zuk (POL)

22:32.5/+1

2.

Marketa Davidova (CZE)

+26.0/+2

3.

Myrtille Begue (FRA)

+52.0/+0

7.

Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt./Biathlon Mountain Top Nordic Ski Club)

+1:31.7/+1

 

Junior Men’s 10km sprint results

1.

Vasili Tomshin (RUS)

25:01.8/+0

2.

Martin Perrillat Bottonet (FRA)

+20.5/+1

3.

Sverre Dahlen Aspenes (NOR)

+29.4/+2

37.

Cody Johnson (Fort Kent, Maine/Outdoor Sports Institute)

+2:31.1/+0

71.

Tim Cunningham (Springfield, N.H./St. Lawrence University

+5:13.5/+7

79.

Jake Pearson (Casper, Wyo./Casper Mountain Biathlon Club)

+6:24.2/+2

86.

Cam Christiansen (Pequot Lake, Minn./NNW)

+7:52.5/+3