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U.S. biathletes looking forward after Oberhof World Cup

Jan. 11, 2015, 11:58 a.m. (ET)

OBERHOF, Germany (January 11, 2015) – A rough finish to the IBU World Cup in Oberhof, Germany, has American biathletes turning their attention to the next stop on the World Cup circuit just three days away in Ruhpolding, Germany. Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) and Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) finished 27th and 29th, respectively, in the mass start races Sunday.

Dunklee finished in 47:00 with eight penalties in the women’s 12.5-kilometer race. Darya Domracheva of Belarus came back from three prone penalties to win the women's race in 41:36.6, with four total penalties. Veronika Vitkova of Czech Republic finishes second, with two penalties, 14.9 seconds back, while Tiril Eckhoff of Norway finished third, with two penalties, 21.7 seconds back. As in most of this week's competition, the wind remained a big factor.

"Today was not my day," admitted Dunklee. "My body did not feel fully awake or responsive and I struggled with focus and wind on the shooting range. We've got a few days to recover now and prepare for our first women's relay in Ruhpolding."

Bailey had 10 penalties in the men’s 15k mass start race, missing just one target at the first prone stage but three at each of the remaining stages, crossing the line in 49:28.0.

“It's easy to start looking for answers when you have a bad day," Bailey said. "You start to look back at your training and think, 'Did I make the right choice there? Should I have taken more rest here? More shooting there?' But the fact of the matter is that I have no excuses. Sometimes you just have a bad day. Sometimes it's a really bad day! But I can say that I'm confident in my training. I had a great training block over the Christmas break and I feel good on the skis. It's just a matter of putting this World Cup behind me and looking forward. Ruhpolding is up next and it's a whole new set of races."

Martin Fourcade of France had a perfect 20-for-20 shooting day and a time of 44:52 to win the men's mass start. Second and third places went to Russians Anton Shipulin and Dmitry Malyshko, 13.1 and 30.7 seconds back, respectively.

Full results of the mass start races are available here.

The World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany, takes place Jan. 14-18.


Women’s 12.5km Mass Start


Darya Domracheva (BLR)



Veronika Vitkova (CZE)



Tiril Eckhoff (NOR)



Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.)



Men’s 15km Mass Start


Martin Fourcade (FRA)



Anton Shipulin (RUS)



Dmitry Malyshko (RUS)



Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.)




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