U.S. Olympian wins second gold medal at youth world championships in Presque Isle

Posted March 02, 2014, at 7:29 p.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — America Sean Doherty captured his second gold medal of the International Biathlon Union Youth/Junior World Championships with a first-place finish in the youth men’s 10-kilometer pursuit Sunday at the Nordic Heritage Center.

Doherty, a North Conway, N.H., native and a member of the U.S. Olympic biathlon team, suffered three penalties but finished in 28 minutes, 51.8 seconds to beat Marco Gross of Germany.

Gross was 1:03.6 behind and also had three penalties. Russia’s Dmitri Shamaev captured bronze as he was 2:02.7 back and had four penalties.

It was a busy day of competition at the Nordic Heritage Center as pursuit titles were also contested in youth women and junior men and women’s races.

Junior sprint men’s and women’s races were held Saturday.

In the junior men’s pursuit race, Fabien Claude of France took home gold as he finished the 12.5K course in 33:02.8 while suffering four penalties. Russia’s Alexander Povarnitsyn finished second in 33:13.7 (six penalties) and Norway’s Jarle Midthjell Gjoerven placed third at 33:26.6 (two penalties).

Medals were also awarded on Sunday in the youth and junior women pursuit races that were highlighted by a second gold-medal performance by Italy’s Lisa Vittozzi who won the youth women’s 7.5K pursuit in 24:39.9 with seven penalties.

Germany’s Anna Weidel finished just 19.2 seconds back with six penalties while France’s Estelle Mougel was third, 29.6 seconds back with three penalties.

In the 10K junior women’s pursuit, Galina Vishnevskaya recorded a time of 32:36.3 with two penalties to capture first place. Germany’s Luise Kummer had a perfect shooting day and clocked a 33:34.1 to place second and Sarah Beaudrey of Canada missed only one target, finishing in 34:44.3, to win the bronze medal.

On Saturday, competitors battled early sub-zero temperatures as Russia’s Evgeniya Pavlova persevered to capture the gold medal in the 7.5K junior women’s sprint as she nailed all her targets and finished in 21:08.5.

Vishnevskaya finished second at 21:08.8 with one penalty while Germany’s Annika Knoll placed third in 21:47.2 with one penalty.

The gold in the junior men’s 10K sprint also went to Russia as Alexander Povarnitsyn clocked a 25:45.8 with one penalty to edge Norway’s Tore Leren who was 13.4 seconds back with a clean shooting day. Russia’s Eduard Latypov took home the bronze as he was 16.5 seconds back with two penalties.

The athletes have a day off from competition Monday, but resume on Tuesday with youth women individual competition at 10 a.m., followed by the youth men at 1 p.m.

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