Mark Arendz is on top of the world.
The 22-year-old Springton native won his first IPC Biathlon World Championship Thursday in Sweden.
“This is such a great feeling,” Arendz said in a news release from Cross Country Canada. “I was really relaxed today right up until the start line. It just felt natural. I pushed a consistent and hard effort throughout the race. The final lap hurt, but I increased the gap.”
He has finished second overall on the IPC Biathlon World Cup circuit since representing Canada at the 2010 Paralympic Games, but has recently had tough luck at the world championships.
I had two fourths at the world (championships) in 2011 so this medal, and it being gold, is pretty special. - Mark Arendz
“I had two fourths at the world (championships) in 2011 so this medal, and it being gold, is pretty special,” Arendz said. “To put an entire race together at the world championships is a dream come true for me.”