PEI’s Mark Arendz has won yet another medal for Canada in Sochi’s 2014 Paralympic Games.
The 24-year-old battled through rough conditions to win his bronze medal in the 12.5km standing biathlon race on Tuesday. With rain pouring and a dense fog cloaking the stadium, the PEI-born athlete had to push through the circumstances to claim his second medal at the games. He finished with a time of 30:31.0.
Mark Arendz celebrating his bronze medal win at the Sochi games.
“To get a medal is awesome and that was the goal,” said Arendz. “There were mistakes out there both in shooting and on the course so it was not a perfect race, but anytime you are on the podium I have to be happy because this is strong field.”
Arendz and Russia’s Aleksandr Pronkov were neck-and-neck for the bronze position during most of the race. However, during the final leg, the Canadian athlete pushed through, securing his spot at the podium.
Gold and silver went to Azat Karachurin and Norwegian athlete Nils-Erik Ulset, respectively.
Four years ago, the wide-eyed Canadian walked into his very first Paralympic stadium at the Vancouver Olympics. His goal back then was to soak in the whole experience. However, this year, things are different.
“This time it is strictly business,” said Arendz. “I have had four years of experience and feel that I am strong in all race distances. I want to be on the podium every time. It was not a perfect race today. I still haven’t been perfect shooting, and I don’t want to leave Sochi until I do that.”
Arendz is ranked second in the world biathlon section this season and was just seven tenths of a second short of gold in the men’s 7.5km standing biathlon race on Saturday. He just missed out when Vladislav Lekomtcev darted ahead of him for the win.
On Wednesday, our athletes are set to participate in Ice Sledge Hockey, Women’s SC Slalom and Women’s Super Combined Super-G. Keep up the great work Canada!
Image sources: theguardian.pe.ca, rdc.ca