Bailey 24th in World Championships individual

Photos from the men's 20k individual event at the IBU World Championships in Kontiolahti, Finland, on March 12, 2015

March 12, 2015, 2:26 p.m. (ET)

KONTIOLAHTI, Finland (March 12, 2015) - Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) was the top American in Thursday's men's individual race at the IBU World Championships in Kontiolahti, Finland, with a 24th-place finish. He completed the 20-kilometer course in a time of 50:39.4.

A slight breeze across the shooting range was a minor challenge to the athletes, compared to the grueling Kontiolahti course layout featuring an extremely tough climb on each loop known as "the wall".

After missing two targets at the first shooting stage, Bailey settled down and went clean the rest of the evening, hitting the last 15 targets at the final three shooting stages. Bailey's time was 3:10 minutes behind Martin Fourcade of France who won the gold medal in 47:29.4, with just one penalty. The silver medal went to Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen, who shot clean but finished 20.9 seconds back. Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic won his second medal of the world championships, claiming the bronze, 40.5 seconds back of Fourcade, with one penalty.

"Today's race started off pretty badly with two misses in prone," Bailey said. "At that point, leaving the range, I just told myself that I needed to stay focused and try to follow through with my game plan for the rest of the day, regardless of where I would end up on the results list. I knew with two penalties, I was out of contention for a top 10, but I just tried to stay mentally together and ski and shoot as best I could going through the rest of the race. As it turns out, the rest of the race went really well and I was able to squeak out a top-25, enough to qualify me for the mass start on Sunday."

Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) was as high as 10th place out on course after hitting 13 of his first 15 targets, but two misses at the final standing stage dropped him down in the standings and he eventually placed 31st (51:22.1/+4). Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) was close behind in 33rd place (51:25.5/+3), while Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.), who cleaned his first and last shooting stages, finished 47th (52:44.9/+3). Full men's individual results are available here.

"The race today was definitely not what I was hoping for," said Burke. "This was one of my best ski races of the season but I could not match my skiing with the shooting. I am very happy to have qualified for the mass start and I am looking forward to the last two races of World Champs. I think this will be one of the strongest relay teams that I have been a part of, so it should be fun!"

The IBU World Championships presented by BMW continue Friday with the women's 4x6k relay, featuring the American quartet of Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.), Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.), Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) and Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine). The race will be streamed live on Eurovision, beginning at 12:15 p.m. EDT, with English commentary by Chad Salmela. See the broadcast schedule below for the live streams on Eurovision and the highlight packages on the Universal Sports Network.

Men's 20km individual

1. Martin Fourcade (FRA) 47:29.4/+1
2. Emil Hegle Svendsen (NOR) 47:50.3/+0
3. Ondrej Moravec (CZE) 48:09.9/+1
24.  Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) 50:39.4/+2
31. Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) 51:22.1/+4
33. Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) 51:25.5/+3
47. Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) 52:44.9/+3

Broadcast schedule

Date

Eurovision (Live Stream)

Universal Sports

Mar. 5

Mixed relay: 11:15 a.m.

 

Mar. 7

Men’s sprint: 7:00 a.m.

Women’s sprint: 10:30 a.m.

 

Mar. 8

Men’s pursuit: 8:15 a.m.

Women’s pursuit: 11:00 a.m.

 

Mar. 9

 

Mixed relay (from Mar. 5): 8-9 p.m.

Mar. 10

 

Men’s sprint & pursuit (from Mar. 7-8): 8-9 p.m.

Mar. 11

Women’s individual: 12:15 p.m.

Women’s sprint & pursuit (from Mar. 7-8): 8-9 p.m.

Mar. 12

Men’s individual: 12:15 p.m.

 

Mar. 13

Women’s relay: 12:15 p.m.

 

Mar. 14

Men’s relay: 11:30 a.m.

Men’s relay (same-day): 7-8 p.m.

Mar. 15

Women’s mass start: 8:30 a.m.

Men’s mass start: 11:00 a.m.

Women’s mass start (same-day): 6-7 p.m.

Men’s mass start (same-day): 7-8 p.m.

 

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