Levins 24th in Pursuit on Final Day of Youth/Junior Worlds

By Bill Kellick | Feb. 02, 2020, 10:30 a.m. (ET)


Chloe Levins was the top U.S. finisher in the pursuit races in Lenzerheide on Feb. 2, 2020 (photo by Jeffrey Leopold)

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (February 2, 2020) – The 2020 IBU Youth/Junior World Championships ended its eight-day run in Lenzerheide on Sunday with four pursuit races. The U.S. team sent 10 athletes to the start line in the four races with Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt./USBA Junior National Team) and Bjorn Westervelt (Stowe, Vt./Craftsbury Biathlon) both earning top-30 finishes.

Levins hit 18 of 20 targets on the shooting range to place 24th in the junior women's 10-kilometer pursuit, 3 minutes, 8.2 seconds back. Teammate Emma Stertz (Grand Rapids, Minn./College of Saint Scholastica) was 55th with three penalties, 8:22.9 behind. Russia's Anastasia Shevchenko skied to a 15-second win over Norway's Aasne Skrede. Shevchenko shot clean while Skrede had a single penalty. The bronze medal in the junior women's pursuit went to Bulgaria's Milena Todorova.

In the 10km youth men's sprint, Westervelt placed 27th despite nine penalties on the range, thanks to the 11th-fastest course time in the 60-man field. Westervelt was 3:37.2 behind gold medalist Martin Nevland of Norway. Nevland had one penalty to beat the clean-shooting Ondrej Manek of Czech Republic by 25.4 seconds. The bronze medal went to Slovenia's Lovro Planko with three penalties, 52 seconds behind Nevland. Maxime Germain (Anchorage, Alaska/Anchorage Biathlon Club/USBA Junior National Team) and Sam Stertz (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca Biathlon) rounded out the U.S. efforts in the youth men's sprint in 32nd and 44th place, respectively.

Garrett Beckrich (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca Biathlon/USBA Junior National Team) paced the American team in the junior men's 12.5km pursuit with a 32nd-place finish, with three penalties, 2:37.6 off the winning pace. He was followed to the line by teammates Lars Hammernes Leopold (Truckee, Calif./Asker Ski Club/USBA Junior National Team) in 45th, and Vasek Cervenka (Grand Rapids, Minn./U.S. National Guard/USBA Junior National Team) in 49th. Danilo Riethmueller of Germany won the gold in the final sprint, 0.6 seconds ahead of Said Karimulla Khalili of Russsia and 1.2 seconds ahead of Alex Cisar of Slovenia.

The youth women's 7.5km pursuit also saw a close finish with Austria's Anna Gandler edging France's Camille Coupe by 1.2 seconds to claim the gold. Italy's Linda Zingerle took the bronze, 15 seconds behind Gandler. For the U.S. team, Helen Wilson (Eagle River, Alaska/Anchorage Biathlon Club) was 51st and Kaisa Bosek (Alexandria, Minn./Minnesota Biathlon Wolfpack) was 56th. Both had four penalties.

Full results at biathlonresults.com.

Junior Women’s 10km pursuit results

1.

Anastasia Shevchenko (RUS)

30:45.7/+0

2.

Aasne Skrede (NOR)

+15.0/+1

3.

Milena Todorova (BUL)

+48.4/+2

24.

Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt./USBA Junior National Team)

+3:08.2/+2

55.

Emma Stertz (Grand Rapids, Minn./College of Saint Scholastica)

+8:22.9/+3

 

Junior Men’s 12.5km pursuit results

1.

Danilo Riethmueller (GER)

35:34.2/+3

2.

Said Karimulla Khalili (RUS)

+0.6/+5

3.

Alex Cisar (SLO)

+1.2/+1

32. Garrett Beckrich (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca Biathlon/USBA Junior National Team)  +2:37.6/+3
45. Lars Hammernes Leopold (Truckee, Calif./Asker Ski Club/USBA Junior National Team) +4:41.3/+7

49.

Vasek Cervenka (Grand Rapids, Minn./U.S. National Guard/USBA Junior National Team)

+5:05.0/+6



Youth Women’s 7.5km pursuit results

1.

Anna Gandler (AUT)

22:01.2/+1

2.

Camille Coupe (FRA)

+1.2/+1

3.

Linda Zingerle (ITA)

+15.0/+3

51.

Helen Wilson (Eagle River, Alaska/Anchorage Biathlon Club)

+5:01.3/+4

56.

Kaisa Bosek (Alexandria, Minn./Minnesota Biathlon Wolfpack)

+6:18.0/+4

 

Youth Men’s 10km pursuit results

1.

Martin Nevland (NOR)

26:28.0/+1

2.

Ondrej Manek (CZE)

+25.4/+0

3.

Lovro Planko (SLO)

+52.0/+3

27. Bjorn Westervelt (Stowe, Vt./Craftsbury Biathlon) +3:37.2/+9
32. Maxime Germain (Anchorage, Alaska/Anchorage Biathlon Club/USBA Junior National Team) +3:57.4/+10

44.

Sam Stertz (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca Biathlon)

+5:08.1/+7