World Championship Pursuit Recap from Nove Mesto
NOVE MESTO, CZE (February 10, 2013) - Lowell Baliey (Lake Placid, NY) had the top finish for Team USA today, climbing from a start in 32nd position to finish 13th in the 12.5-kilometer pursuit at the 2013 IBU World Championships in Nove Mesto, CZE. Bailey shot clean and posted a time of 33:55.4, 1:20.9 minutes back from Norway’s Emil Hegle Svendsen winning today’s pursuit in an exciting finish, posting 32:35.5 with one penalty, 0.1 second ahead of World Cup leader Martin Fourcade (FRA) at 32:35.6 with two penalties. Anton Shipulin (RUS) finished third with a time of 32:39.1 and one penalty.
“After yesterday's race, I didn't really know what to expect today,” said Bailey. “I felt good skiing yesterday and had only one penalty but was farther back than I expected on the results. I just tried to put that race behind me and focus on quality execution in the range today. It feels good to finally put a race together that I feel good about completely, both on the range and on the track! And, after 31 years, I can finally say that I cleaned a 4-stage World Cup Race!”
The range proved to be a challenge for most of the field of 60 competitors today. Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, NY) finished 32nd today, posting 35:33.8 with four penalties. Leif Nordgern (Marine, MN) finished 43rd (37:08.3 with six penalties), and Russell Currier (Stockholm, ME) was 52nd with a time of 38:06.2 and seven penalties.
Extended results from the 12.5k pursuit can be found here. Today’s race will featured on NBC Sports Network’s Road to Sochi telecast tonight from 6-7pm (EST).
Team USA’s men will resume competition in Nove Mesto on Thursday with the 20k individual race at 11:15am (EST). A start list and results will be available here and live results and a webcast can be accessed at biathlonworld.com.
Susan Dunklee (Barton, VT) finished 47th in the women’s 10k pursuit today with a time of 33:01.0 and five penalties. Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, NY) finished 51st (33:23.7 with five penalties).
World Cup leader Tora Berger (NOR) won today’s race with a time of 28:48.4 and three penalties. Poland’s Krystyna Palka took second (29:06.9 with two penalties), and Olena Pidhrushna (UKR) finished third posting 29:09.9 with two penalties. Extended results from the 10k pursuit can be found here. The women’s World Championship pursuit will be telecast on Universal Sports on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 6-7pm.
Team USA’s women resume World Championship competition on Wednesday in the 15k individual, beginning at 11:15am (EST). Wednesday's start list and results will be available here, and the race and results will be available via webcast at biathlonworld.com.