Doherty takes gold at junior worlds

Fresh off his Olympic debut in Sochi last week, Sean Doherty of Center Conway, N.H., won the youth men’s 7.5-kilometer sprint at Friday’s IBU Junior World Championships in Presque Isle, Maine.

Doherty posted a time of 19 minutes, 35 seconds with four penalties to finish 1.7 seconds ahead of Marco Gross of Germany who clocked a time of 19:36.7 with two misses. Dmitrii Shamaev of Russia was third in 19:53.9 (three misses).

“I am very happy to have such a good result on American soil,” Doherty said. “The home crowd was amazing. The skis were great. Now to get my shooting back on track for the pursuit.”

At the 2013 Junior World Championships, Doherty won three medals: gold in pursuit and silvers in the sprint and individual races.

Kamran Muneer Husain of Fort Kent, Maine, finished 43rd in 22:06.5 (five misses) and Brian Halligan of Gansevoort was 47th in 22:14.5 (seven misses).

Madeleine Grace Phaneuf of Old Forge posted a fourth-place result in the youth women’s 6k sprint with clean shooting and a time of 19:49.3, just 41.1 seconds off the podium. Lisa Vittozzi of Italy won the sprint in 18:49.9, Anna Weidel of Germany took second in 19:02.9 and Julia Simon of France finished third in 19:08.2.

Racing continues today in Presque Isle with the junior men and women’s sprint events kicking off at 10 a.m.