Burke 19th in Ruhpolding 15k Mass Start

By Linda Jager | Jan. 13, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

RUHPOLDING, Germany (January 13, 2013) - Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, NY) took 19th in today's 15k mass start with a time of  37:46.6 and two penalties in standing. Burke returned to the course in Ruhpolding today after missing earlier racing this week due to illness. Burke finished 1:18.9 back from Martin Fourcade (FRA) winning with clean shooting and a time of 36:27.7. It was a close race as  the World Cup leader Fourcade battled for the lead with Dmitry Malyshko (RUS) throughout the race. Malyshko finished second (36:28.2/+1), just one-half of a second back behind Fourcade, notching his third win of the week in Ruhpolding. Emil Hegle Svendsen (NOR) took third with a time of 36:38.3 and two penalties. Extended results from today's mass start are available here.

Burke started today's race strong, shooting clean in both prone stages and rising to fourth place going into the third stage at the range. Shooting 4 for 5 in standing, Burke dropped to 14th in the tight race. In the final stage, Burke had one penalty and dropped to 18th. At the close of World Cup 5, Burke ranks 13th in overall IBU World Cup rankings.

“I had no idea what to expect today going into the race, said Burke. “After not training so much the past week and fighting sickness, I was a little nervous about how I would feel. Considering everything, I am pretty happy with the race. I actually felt much better than expected for about four loops. I was tiring a bit on the last loop but this to be expected considering the week I had. Now I am really looking forward to Antholz, which is my favorite course on the World Cup. Judging from today's race I feel like I can be back to good form by next weekend’s races.”

Team USA travels to Antholz-Anterselva, Italy for World Cup 6, opening Thursday, January 17th, with the women's 7.5k sprint at 8:30am (ET). An extended schedule for World Cup 6 can be found here. Racing from Antholz-Anterselva will be webcast live here.