US Biathlon Levins Ends Youth/Ju...

Levins Ends Youth/Junior Worlds With Top-10 Finish

By Bill Kellick | Feb. 03, 2019, 3:06 p.m. (ET)

Chloe Levins junior women's pursuit
Chloe Levins moved up 19 places in Sunday's junior women's pursuit in Osrblie, Slovakia (photo by Jeffrey Leopold)

OSRBLIE, Slovakia (February 3, 2019) – Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt.) saved the best for last. A year after posting three top-10 finishes at the 2018 IBU Youth/Junior World Championships, Levins notched her first top-10 of the 2019 event during the 10-kilometer junior women's pursuit on Sunday's final day. She moved up 19 places from her 29th-place starting position to secure 10th place at the finish. Levins hit all 10 targets from prone and had just one penalty in each of the two standing stages to come within 1 minute, 6.2 seconds of the gold medal.

Ukraine's Ekaterina Bekh had two penalties in her gold medal effort, finishing in 31:23.8 to win the junior women's pursuit. Germany's Hanna Kebinger shot clean to take the silver medal, 9.1 seconds back. France's Sophie Chaveau, with three penalties, won the bronze medal, 16.4 seconds behind Bekh.

In the youth men's 10km pursuit, Garrett Beckrich (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca) moved up 14 places to finish 31st, with four penalties, 4:52.4 off the pace. Teammate Bjorn Westervelt (Stowe, Vt./Craftsbury Biathlon) was 47th, 6:45.4 behind with five penalties on the shooting range.

Alex Cisar of Slovenia won the youth men's pursuit with one penalty in 27:59.7. Remi Broutier of France took the silver medal, also with one penalty, 59.6 seconds back. The bronze medal went to Norway's Vetle Paulsen, with three penalties, 1:43.1 behind Cisar.

Lars Hammernes Leopold (Truckee, Calif./Asker Ski Club) jumped up nine spots from his starting position to finish 45th in the junior men's 12.5km pursuit. Leopold had four penalties and was 4:36.4 behind gold medalist Vebjoern Soerum of Norway. Soerum had two penalties on his way to a 32:47.2 victory. The silver medal went to France's Martin Bourgeois Republique, who shot clean to finish just 6.2 seconds back. Norway's Sivert Guttorm Bakken captured the bronze medal with three penalties, 12.6 seconds behind his teammate.

The youth women's 7.5km pursuit went to Switzerland's Amy Baserga with two penalties in 24:15.6. Clean-shooting Tereza Vobornikova of Czech Republic won the silver medal, 8.2 seconds back. Norway's Maren Bakken, with three penalties, won the bronze, 13.8 seconds behind Baserga. Helen Wilson (Eagle River, Alaska/Alaska Biathlon) was 58th with nine penalties, 10:54.6 back.

Full results at

Junior Women's 10km pursuit results


Ekaterina Bekh (UKR)



Hanna Kebinger (GER)



Sophie Chauveau (FRA)



Chloe Levins(Rutland, Vt.)



Youth Men's 10km pursuit results


Alex Cisar (SLO)



Remi Broutier (FRA)



Vetle Paulsen (NOR)



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



Bjorn Westervelt (Stowe, Vt./Craftsbury Biathlon)


Junior Men's 12.5km pursuit results


Vebjoern Soerum (NOR)



Martin Bourgeois Republique (FRA)



Sivert Guttorm Bakken (NOR)



Lars Hammernes Leopold (Truckee, Calif./Asker Ski Club)


Youth Women's 7.5km pursuit results


Amy Baserga (SUI)



Tereza Vobornikova (CZE)



Maren Bakken (NOR)



Helen Wilson (Eagle River, Alaska/Alaska Biathlon)


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