Top-20 finishes for Burke and Bailey at Hochfilzen World Cup sprint

Photos from the 2014 IBU World Cup sprint races in Hochfilzen, Austria, on December 12, 2014

Dec. 12, 2014, 1:11 p.m. (ET)

HOCHFILZEN, AUT (December 12, 2014) – Missing just one target among them, Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) and Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) posted top-20 finishes in the men’s 10-kilometer sprint Friday as the second IBU World Cup began in Hochfilzen, Austria, under sunny skies and temperatures just above the freezing mark. A lack of snow earlier in the week forced race organizers to move snow onto the course for this weekend’s events, but the conditions on Friday appeared close to ideal.

Burke, starting seventh on the day, went clean in the prone position and missed his last target standing, crossing the finish line in 13th place with a time of 25:14.5, just 39.6 seconds back of winner Johannes Thingnes Boe of Norway, who went clean in 24:39.9. A pair of Germans also went clean and collected second and third place on the day. Simon Schepp finished in 24:49.2, followed by teammate Andreas Birnbacher in 24:52.8.

“Today was one of those classic biathlon days where it’s hard not to ask the ‘what if’ question,’ said Burke. “I’m happy with how I executed during the race today besides the last shot. That last shot probably cost me a podium but other than that, it was another solid performance. Most importantly, I am not far behind for the pursuit, so a top result is still possible Sunday.”

Bailey hit 10 of 10 targets and skied across the line with a time of 25:32.5, 57.6 seconds back of Boe and tied for 17th place. Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) was 51st (26:53.9/1+0) and Russell Currier (Stockholm, Maine) greatly improved upon last week’s 90th-place finish with a 61st-place showing on Friday (27:04.0/2+1) among the 102 men’s starters. Complete men’s sprint results are available here.

Earlier in the day, the women raced the 7.5k sprint and all three U.S. competitors improved upon their finishes at last week’s World Cup opener in Sweden.

Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) finished 29th (22:24.9/1+1), up from 41st last week, Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) improved upon her 79th-place finish a week ago with a 50th-place effort on Friday (23:00.5/1+0), and Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) was 78th (24:08.3/1+2) among the 105 finishers after placing 81st in Sweden.

After a few nighttime starts last week, Dunklee welcomed the earlier start on Friday.

“I’m happy to be racing in the sunshine this week and the organizers did a great job creating a track with no natural snow. The wind was a little tricky during our zero but calmed down for race time and created no problems for me.”

Dunklee also drew upon the support of some familiar fans in attendance.

“My family came to watch the races this week, and it is wonderful to have a great support network here.”

Finland’s Kaisa Makarainen took the win with a time of 20:55.6/1+0. Karin Oberhofer (ITA) was second in 21:06.0/0+0, and last week’s sprint winner Tiril Eckhoff (NOR) placed third (21:25.5/0+1. Complete women’s sprint results are available here.

The men’s team of Burke, Bailey, Nordgren and Currier will race in Saturday’s 4x7.5k relay starting at 8:30 a.m. (ET). Watch the race live or via replay here.



IBU World Cup 2

Hochfilzen, Austria

Dec. 12-14, 2014

Men’s 10k Sprint



1. Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR) 24:34.9/0+0



2. Simon Schempp (GER) 24:49.2/0+0



3. Andreas Birnbacher (GER) 24:52.8/0+0



13. Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) 25:14.5/0+1



T-17. Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) 25:32.5/0+0



51. Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) 26:53.9/1+0



61. Russell Currier (Stockholm, Maine) 27:04.0/2+1
 



Women’s 7.5k Sprint



1. Kaisa Makarainen (FIN) 20:55.6/1+0



2. Karin Oberhofer (ITA) 21:06.0/0+0



3. Tiril Eckhoff (NOR) 21:25.5/0+1



29. Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) 22:24.9/1+1



50. Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) 23:00.5/1+0



78. Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) 24:08.3/1+2

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