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Zina Kocher Posts Career-Best Individual Biathlon World Championship Result
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

RUHPOLDING, Ger.—Zina Kocher will take a lot of positives with her into the final weekend of the Biathlon World Championships in Ruhpolding, Germany.

The 29-year-old Kocher, of Red Deer, Alta., squeaked into the top-30 in 26th spot after clocking a time of 47:24. 6 in the women’s 15-kilometre individual competition.

“It was not a terrible day but not fantastic either,” said Kocher. “I had strong skiing again and the race was going really well until the final standing. I knew I needed a clean standing for a top-15.”

The individual event, the longest discipline in the biathlon line-up puts an emphasis on shooting as athletes are charged an additional one-minute penalty for every missed shot in their four trips to the range. Kocher went 1+0+1+2 in her four rounds of shooting en route to one of her best-ever World Championship finishes.

“on a positive note this is my strongest World Championship results even though I feel I finished below my true potential,” added Kocher. “I’m stoked that I’ve moved into 21st in World Cup points today, which qualifies me for my first mass start ever at a World Championships and that is great.”

Norway’s Tora Berger missed just one shot to clock a golden time of 42:30.0. Marie Laure Brunet, of France, also shot one blank in her last round of shooting to post a silver-medal time of 43:26.4. Sweden’s Helena Ekholm rounded out the podium in third at 43:41.1 (1+0+0+0).

Three other Canadian women also hit the start line on Wednesday. Megan Heinicke, of Prince George, B.C., was 30th at 47:44.3 (1+0+1+0), while Megan Imrie, of Falcon Lake, Man., placed 47th at 49:10.0 (0+1+2+2), and Yolaine Oddou, of Val Belair, Que. was 97th at 55:48.5 (3+0+4+0).

The World Championships continue on Friday with the men’s relay competition.

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Top-Five World Cup Women and Canadian Results:

1. Tora Berger, NOR, (1+0+0+0), 42:30.0; 2. Marie Laure Brunet, FRA, (0+0+0+1), FRA, 43:26.4; 3. Helena Ekholm, SWE, (1+0+0+0), 43:41.1; 4. Marie Dorin Habert, FRA, (0+1+0+0), 43:44.7; 5. Susan Dunklee, USA, (0+1+0+0), 43:48.2.

Canadian Results:

26. ZIna Kocher, Red Deer, Alta., (1+0+1+2), 47:24.6; 30. Megan Heinicke, Prince George, B.C., (1+0+1+0), 47:44.2; 47. Megan Imrie, Falcon Lake, Man., (0+1+2+2), 49:10.0; 97. Yolaine Oddou, Val Belair, Que., (3+0+4+0), 55:48.5.