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Another biathlon gold medal for Conway's Doherty

Less than one week after making his Olympic debut, Conway biathlete Sean Doherty on Friday won a gold medal on the first day of competition in the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships at Presque Isle, Maine.

A Kennett High School of Conway student, Doherty -- at 18, the youngest-ever member of a U.S. Olympic Biathlon Team -- won the men's 7.5-kilometer race, the same event in which he captured silver at last year's youth/junior championships, in 19 minutes 35 seconds, with four penalties.

On a frigid and windy day, powerful skiing enabled Doherty to overcome struggles on the shooting range and edge Germany's Marco Gross, who earned the silver medal by finishing with two penalties, 1.7 seconds back. Dmitri Shamaev of Russia won the Bronze medal, with three penalties, 18.9 seconds back.

Doherty last year became the first American ever to achieve three podium finishes at a world championship when he earned two silver medals and a gold at Obertilliach, Austria. In the Olympic Winter Games last Saturday, he had the second-fastest time of the four Americans in the 4-by-7.5K biathlon relay, helping the U.S. to a 16th-place finish.

The IBU Youth/Junior World Championships continue through March 7.

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