West Kelowna's Julia Ransom won a silver medal Sunday at the World Youth Biathlon Championships.

West Kelowna's Julia Ransom won a silver medal Sunday at the World Youth Biathlon Championships.

Julia Ransom wins first international medal

Silver in pursuit for West Kelowna athlete at World Youth/Junior Biathlon Championships.

It seemed only a matter of time before Julia Ransom would make her presence felt on the world stage.

But her breakout performance came earlier than even she expected.

The 19-year-old from West Kelowna claimed her first-ever medal in international competition with a second-place showing in the women’s youth pursuit event at the Biathlon World Championships Sunday in Kontiolahti, Finland.

Starting time-behind-the-leader in fifth spot based on Friday’s sprint results, Ransom charged through the challenging 7.5 kilometre course in Finland to clock a time of 27:24.9.

“It feels pretty good. I am really excited,” said Ransom, whose strength is the pursuit event. “It was a goal of mine to get on the podium at World Championships, but I definitely did not expect this today.”

Ransom finished just over six seconds behind winner, Grete Gaim of Estonia, who missed just one shot in four rounds of shooting to post a time of 27:18.1.

“I usually tend to go a bit to fast when I’m skiing in packs, but I was in good control all day today,” Ransom added. “It was perfect conditions today and our skis were so fast thanks to our amazing wax techs.”

On Friday, Ransom narrowly missed her first-ever world championship medal, finishing fifth in the women’s sprint competition.

Ransom had a perfect day on the range in her two rounds of shooting en route to clocking a time of 19:45.9 in the youth women’s six-kilometre sprint event.

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