Susan Dunklee earned her first biathlon world cup podium finish of the season, taking bronze in the women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint Friday at the tour’s third stop in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic.
Dunklee was perfect in the shooting phase and covered the course in 22:04.0, 5.1 seconds behind Russia’s Tatiana Akimova, who took the gold in 21:58.9. Anais Chevalier, a member of France’s silver-medal relay team at the 2016 world championships, was second, just 0.8 seconds ahead of Dunklee.
It is Dunklee’s first podium finish since a sprint silver on Feb. 11 in Presque Isle, Maine, which came two days before her 30th birthday and was the lone biathlon world cup podium by Team USA during the 2015-16 season. Friday’s result was the third career podium for the 2014 Olympian, who was third at the 2013-14 season finale in Oslo, Norway.
Dunklee now sits 10th in the overall world cup standings, thanks to her sprint bronze and a career-best fifth place in last week’s 10K pursuit in Pokljuka, Slovenia.
Competition continues Saturday in Nove Mesto with the men’s and women’s pursuit and concludes Sunday with the mass start for both.