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Bailey and Dunklee post top 20 finishes in Ostersund pursuit

Dec. 07, 2014, 11:08 a.m. (ET)

Photos from the IBU World Cup 1 in Ostersund, Sweden

OSTERSUND, SWE (December 7, 2014) – The swirling winds made for challenging shooting on Sunday as the World Cup opener concluded in Ostersund, Sweden, but Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) and Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) proved they were up to the challenge as they finished in the top-20 in the men’s and women’s races, respectively.

Bailey moved up six spots from his 23rd position at the start to place 17th in the 12.5-kilometer race with a time of 35:30.6 and three penalties. Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) was 35th (36:49.8/+6) after starting 17th, and Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) moved up to finish 46th (38:23.4/+4) after beginning in the 51st position.

“It was a challenging race, quite a lot of wind to deal with,” said Bailey. “I had a gameplan to stay aggressive in the range and not waste a lot of time. I knew the field as a whole would be missing a good deal of shots, so I planned to not wait out the gusts and go for it.”

The strategy seemed to work for Bailey as he cleaned both prone stages, and missed two shots in the first standing shoot. With only one miss at the last standing, he left the range in 16th place but was joined by two other skiers – Tarjei Boe of Norway and Arnd Peiffer of Germany. At the finish, Bailey was able to edge Peiffer by a tenth of a second to claim 17th place. He is now 17th in the overall world cup ranking.

“I was happy to get out of the last standing with just one miss,” added Bailey. “There is definitely room to improve and I’m looking forward to getting on to Austria and a new course.”

Martin Fourcade (FRA) claimed his second victory in as many days, adding to his 10k sprint victory on Saturday with a pursuit win in a time of 33:54.9 and four penalties. Anton Shipulin (RUS) was second (33:04.9/+1) and Emil Hegle Svendsen (NOR) finished third (34:21.2/+2). Complete results from the men’s pursuit are available here.

Dunklee was the lone American in the women’s 10k pursuit and had an exceptional race, moving up 22 places from her 41st starting position to finish 19th with a time of 37:31.8 and three penalties. She posted the 10th-best net time and sixth-best course time, the fastest of any athlete in the first lap. Dunklee went clean at the first prone to move up to 25th. After two misses at the second prone, she dropped to 31st but climbed back to 25th after the first standing with just one miss. After going clean in the last standing, Dunklee jumped up to 19th and held that position through the finish. She is now 22nd in the overall world cup ranking.

“I wasn’t very nervous going into today,” Dunklee said after the race. “I was starting a lot further back than I would have liked and I didn’t feel much pressure. I knew it would be a fun race. I love chasing people down. I wanted to move into 30th place by the first shooting and skied like crazy to do so. There was significant wind today, but the leftmost shooting points are protected by a big wall. Shooting on point 30 rather than point 1 was a worthwhile advantage; I cleaned my first stage. I couldn’t maintain that first-loop pace for the rest of the race, but I still turned in a great ski time and the shooting felt more normal and in control today. I’m already looking forward to Hochfilzen next week.”

Kaisa Makarainen (FIN) claimed the women’s pursuit victory in a time of 35:01.7 and three penalties. Valj Semerenko (UKR) was second (35:49.6/+4) and Dorothea Wierer (ITA) placed third (35:50.0/+4). Complete women’s pursuit results are available here.

Team USA now heads to Hochfilzen, Austria, for World Cup 3, opening Friday, December 12, with the men’s and women’s sprint beginning at 5:30 a.m. (ET). Watch the race live here.

IBU World Cup 1

Ostersund, Sweden

Nov. 30-Dec. 7, 2014

Men’s 12.5k Pursuit

1. Martin Fourcade (FRA) 33:54.9/+4

2. Anton Shipulin (RUS) 34:04.9/+1

3. Emil Hegle Svendsen (NOR) 34:21.2/+2

17. Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) 35:30.6/+3

35. Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) 36:49.8/+6

46. Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) 38:23.4/+4

Women’s 10k Sprint

1. Kaisa Makarainen (FIN) 35:01.7/+3

2. Valj Semerenko (UKR) 35:49.6/+4

3. Dorothea Wierer (ITA) 35:50.0/+4

19. Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) 37:31.8/+3


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