It was a bitter sweet result for Morton as in the middle stages of the competition he was on track for a top five result before being caught out by a strong gust of wind during his second prone shoot, resulting in a costly error and significant time penalties.
Many athletes had problems with the wind and soft snow, which created difficult conditions.
Damon’s skiing was up with many of the leading athletes from Russia, Germany and Norway which helped him to secure the credible result and an Olympic and World Championships qualification.
It was Australia’s best ever result for a male in the Junior individual event.
Sister Darcie Morton also made history by achieving Australia’s best ever youth female World Junior Championship result the day before placing 16th in the 10km U19 Youth Individual event shooting 0 1 0 2 penalties on a day that was also extremely windy.
It was another break-through performance by Darcie who will be representing Australia in the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, in two weeks time. Darcie finished 3 minutes behind the winner Maria Saunter from Germany, with each miss costing her 45 seconds.
In the Youth Women’s 6km sprint event, Darcie achieved another very good result placing 33rd out of 92., qualifying in the top-60 for the pursuit competition.
Story courtesy of Cameron Morton
IMAGE: Damon during his 3rd shoot in the prone position. The red wind flag is pictured in the right hand corner displaying a 4 click wind which contributed to costly penalties