JP Le Guellec wins World Cup Gold

In the biggest news ever for biathlon in North America since Myriam Bedard, JP Le Guellec won the Sprint competition today at IBU World Cup 2 in Ostersund, Sweden.

It was his first time on the podium, and the best performance of his career, eclipsing his 6th place finish in the Sprint at the 2010 Olympics.

JP hit all ten targets and skied the tracks like a champ to seal the victory. He won by a margin of 18.1 seconds of Alexis Boeuf (one penalty) and by 24.8 seconds over Christoph Sumann (one penalty).

JP’s victory is the first time a Canadian male has ever been on a World Cup podium.

Other North American competitors were Tim Burke in 18th (two penalties, +0:52), Lowell Bailey in 39th (two penalties, +1:20.1), Scott Perras in 45th (two penalties, +1:42.5), Leif Nordgren in 54th (two penalties, +2:05.5) Nathan Smith in 61st (three penalties, +2:21), Jay Hakkinen in 75th (three penalties, +2:55.1) and Russell Currier in 80th (four penalties, +3:00).

JP Le Guellec winsHere are the results and the IBU news release on his victory.

Le Guellec will head out first in the Men’s Pursuit competition which starts Sunday at 6:30 Eastern, 3:30 Pacific.

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