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Levins 28th in Junior Individual

By Bill Kellick | Jan. 27, 2020, 12:29 p.m. (ET)


Chloe Levins leaves the shooting range during the junior women's individual in Lenzerheide on Jan. 27, 2020 (photo by Jeffrey Leopold)

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (January 27, 2020) – Junior competitors took center stage on Monday during the second day of competition at the 2020 IBU Youth/Junior World Championships. The junior women raced the 12.5-kilometer individual, while the junior men competed in the 15km individual.

Finishing as the top American on the day was Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt./USBA Junior National Team) who placed 28th in the junior women's individual. Levins had single penalties on her first two shooting stages but cleaned both of her final two trips to the range to finish 4 minutes, 2.2 seconds behind the winner. Ariana Woods (Bozeman, Mont./Crosscut Mountain Sports Center) was 56th with three penalties, 7:20 back, while Emma Stertz (Grand Rapids, Minn./College of Saint Scholastica) finished 69th, 11:10.9 behind with five penalties.

Anastasiia Khaliullina of Russia went 20-for-20 on the range to win the junior women's individual gold medal. The silver medal went to Bulgaria's Milena Todorova, who was 1:07.9 back with three penalties. Switzerland's Amy Baserga took the bronze medal with two penalties, 1:16 behind Khaliullina.

Earlier on Monday, the junior men's individual was held with Germany's Max Barchewitz also closing all 20 targets to claim gold. Barchewitz was the only athlete in the 105-man field to hit all 20 targets. Vebjoern Soerum of Norway, with two penalties, finished 18.7 seconds back for the silver medal, while Sebastian Stalder of Switzerland missed his only target on the last standing stage to finish 46.7 seconds behind Barchewitz for the bronze medal.

For the U.S. team, Garrett Beckrich (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca Biathlon/USBA Junior National Team) was the top finisher in 37th place, 3:40.4 back with three penalties. He was followed to the line by Lars Hammernes Leopold (Truckee, Calif./Asker Ski Club) in 46th place with four penalties, 4:25.8 back, Eli Nielsen (Stehekin, Wash./Crosscut Biathlon) in 52nd place, with a single penalty, 4:32.3 behind, and Vaclav Cervenka (Grand Rapids, Minn./U.S. National Guard/USBA Junior National Team), 7:26.5 back in 72nd place with six penalties.

The youth divisions return to action on Tuesday with the men's and women's relays. The team of Maxime Germain (Anchorage, Alaska/Anchorage Biathlon Club), Bjorn Westervelt (Stowe, Vt./Craftsbury Biathlon) and Sam Stertz (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca Biathlon) will compete in the youth men's 3x7.5km relay at 5:00 a.m. EST, followed by the youth women's 3x6km relay at 8:00 a.m. EST, featuring Lina Farra (Heber City, Utah/Team Soldier Hollow), Kaisa Bosek (Alexandria, Minn./Minnesota Biathlon Wolfpack) and Eva Weymuller (Winthrop, Wash./Methow Valley Biathlon).

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Full results at biathlonresults.com.

Junior Women's 12.5km individual results

1.

Anastasiia Khaliullina (RUS)

41:32.6/+0

2.

Milena Todorova (BUL)

+1:07.9/+3

3.

Amy Baserga (SUI)

+1:16.0/+2

28.

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

+4:02.2/+2

56.

Ariana Woods (Bozeman, Mont./Crosscut Mountain Sport Center)

+7:20.0/+3

69.

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

+11:10.9/+5

 

Junior Men's 15km individual results

1.

Max Barchewitz (GER)

40:15.8/+0

2.

Vebjoern Soerum (NOR)

+18.7/+2

3.

Sebastian Stalder (SUI)

+46.7/+1

37.

Garrett Beckrich (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca Biathlon/USBA Junior National Team)

+3:40.4/+3

46.

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

+4:25.8/+4

52.

Eli Nielsen (Stehekin, Wash./Crosscut Biathlon)

+4:32.3/+1

72.

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

+7:26.5/+6


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