Burke Finishes 15th in Oslo Pursuit
OSLO, Norway (March 2, 2013) - Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, NY) had the top finish for Team USA, 15th place up from a start at 32nd, in today's 12.5-kilometer pursuit at the IBU World Cup 7 in Oslo/Holmenkollen, Norway. Posting a time of 35:54.9, with three penalties, Burke tied for the third best net time of today's race and finished 2:06.7 back from World Cup leader Martin Fourcade (FRA), winning today's pursuit with a time of 33:48.2 and two penalties. Tarjei Boe (NOR) took silver (34:15.9/+3), and Alexandr Loginov (RUS) won bronze (34:23.7/+3).
"I was very happy to move up so much in today's pursuit," said Burke. "I was definitely disappointed with my shooting in the sprint, so it felt great to go out there today and have solid shooting in some very tricky conditions. I have felt good here all week on the skis, so I am looking forward to what I can do in tomorrow's Mass Start!"
Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, NY) finished 34th (37:25.8/+4) up from a start at 50th, Russell Currier (Stockholm, ME) finished 47th (38:50.6/+6), and Leif Nordgren (Marine, MN) finished 48th (38:59.1/+7). Full results are available here.
Following today's pursuit, Burke sits 14th in overall World Cup rankings, and Bailey is 29th. Both will start in tomorrow's Mass Start, beginning at 9:00 AM EST, which will be webcast live at BiathlonWorld.com. Start list and results for tomorrow's race will be posted here.
Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, NY) raced for Team USA in today's women's 10k pursuit. Facing challenging wind conditions at the range, Cook (Saranac Lake, NY) posted a 38th (39:16.8/+9). Tora Berger (NOR) added another World Cup win for the season with a time of 32:12.2/+4, Marie Dorin Habert (FRA) finished second (32:43.4/+2), and Anastasiya Kuzmina (SVK) took third (32:57.3/+4).
Extended results from today's 10k pursuit are available here.