Posted Date: April 14, 2016
Day one featured the opening ceremony & the Biathlon Standard Agility class.
After the parade of flags and a brief opening ceremony, the first of two Biathlon classes opened the IFCS World Agility Championships. Team USA leads after the first round in the 30cm and 40cm height classes. Andy Mueller led off the class and holds a 1.39 second lead over 2nd place Russian team member Elena Grishina. Italy is in 3rd, just over 2 seconds out of 1st in the 30cm class.
Marcy Mantel holds a 1.19 second lead over Italian contender Alberto Marmo, with a Dutch competitor in 3rd, just over 2 seconds out of 1st in the 40cm class. Team USA also holds 6th and 7th positions, with Karen Massey and Mike Padgett just over 4 seconds out of 1st.
Top contenders in the 55cm class are Canadian Shauna Oliver, Jaako Suoknuuti of Finland, and Maria Metelkova of Russia, in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, respectively. All are within 1.06 seconds of each other.
In the 65cm class British competitor Lauren Langman holds a fractional lead over Finnish competitor Janita Leinonen and Russian competitor Svetlana Tumanova. Team USA member Jamie Herren follows in 13th position, just over 3 seconds out of 1st in a hotly contested class.