Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Megan Bankes Wins Silver in Biathlon at Junior IBU Cup

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Megan Bankes Wins Silver in Biathlon at Junior IBU Cup

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Canadian wins silver at junior IBU Cup

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NOVE MESTO, Czech Republic - Canada's Megan Bankes won the silver medal in biathlon at the junior IBU Cup on Sunday.

Starting behind the leaders in seventh spot based on Saturday's sprint results, the 19-year-old from Calgary had a near flawless day, finishing just two seconds off the gold medal pace with a time of 33 minutes 42.7 seconds.

Marketa Davidova of the Czech Republic won the race with a time of 33:40.7 while Russia's Ksenia Zhuzhgova took bronze.

"It was really exciting to cross the finish line and see I was second. It is the best international result for me ever," said Bankes. "After yesterday I knew I was in a good spot. I really like racing the pursuit and felt if I could keep my shooting together I had a good chance to do well today."

Bankes was leading the 10-kilometre trek on the challenging Nove Mesto track until her final round of standing shots. …

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