Nathan Smith’s has been in great form this season, and it finally took him to the top of the podium in the Men’s Pursuit competition today in Khanty-Mansisyk, Russia.
Starting in bib 5, Smith caught on to the leaders quickly and after 3 clean shooting bouts was in the lead. Despite one penalty in the final shooting stage he was able to cruise to victory on the last lap as his nearest challenger Benedikt Doll had one penalty, while Anton Shipulin and Martin Fourcade each had two.
The win was the first of Smith’s career, and his second medal after the silver he won at the World Championships. It was only the second ever medal for a Canadian Man, and the first ever in a Pursuit.
Martin Fourcade won both the Pursuit globe and the Total Score globe by finishing just behind Shipulin. This is Fourcade’s fourth straight Total Score globe, which sets a new record for consecutive large globes.
Leif Nordgren was the next-best North American in 17th. Other North American finishers were Lowell Bailey was 22nd, Brendan Green 23rd and Tim Burke 53rd.