Team USA Men Finish 12th at World Championship Relay
NOVE MESTO, CZE (February 16, 2013) - IBU World
Championship competition continued in Nove Mesto today with Team USA taking
12th in the men's 4x7.5-kilometer relay. Team USA (Lowell Bailey (Lake
Placid, NY), Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, NY), Russell Currier
(Stockholm, ME) and Leif Nordgren (Marine, MN)) posted a time of
1:19:40.8 (0+12). Team Norway (Bjoerndalen, L'Abee-Lund, Boe, Svendsen) won
gold with a time of 1:15:39 (0+5), 1:12.8 minutes ahead of Team France
(S.Fourcade, Beatrix, Boeuf, M. Fourcade), who edged Germany at the finish for
silver (1:16:51.8/0+7), with Team Germany (Schempp, Birnbacher, Peiffer,
Lesser) taking bronze (1:16:57.5/2+3). With today's victory, Norway became
the first nation ever to win seven gold medals at the IBU World Championships,
and Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen notched his fourth gold medal of the week
(mixed relay, sprint, pursuit and men's relay).
" I'm pretty disappointed with today's
race.I imagine the rest of the guys are as well," said Nordgren, the
team's anchor, following today's relay. " I expected a lot more from
myself, and I know as a team, we are capable of a much higher result. But today
wasn't our day for some reason.
For my race, I felt a little sluggish on the skis. The
20km was just two days ago, so maybe I was still a little tired from that, I'm
not sure. I tried to make up for it with faster, more aggressive shooting, but
I was a little bit off today. All the guys on our team are super talented.
We have what it takes to be at the top for every relay, and I guarantee we will
be back next year, better than ever," added Nordgren.
Extended results from today’s 4x7.5k relay are
World Championships conclude tomorrow with the mass
start events. Bailey and Burke will race for Team USA in the 15k race, which
begins at 9am (EST). Participation in the mass start is limited to 30
competitors who start simultaneously, rather than timed intervals as in other
biathlon events. The field of 30 is based on the top 15 in the current World
Cup total score, and - in World Championship competition - the three sets of
three medalists in the Individual, Sprint and Pursuit competitions, with the
medalists of the World Championships normally wearing the start numbers from 1
to 9. Following his silver in Thursday's 20k individual, Burke will start with
bib number 3, Bailey will wear number 27.
Watch the men's mass start live at www.biathlonworld.com.
Tomorrow’s start list and race results will be available here.