Bailey Leads Five Americans in Pursuit Qualification at Oestersund World Cup

Dec. 03, 2016, 10:01 a.m. (ET)


OESTERSUND, Sweden (December 3, 2016) – Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) led a strong U.S. effort in the sprint races on Saturday at the BMW IBU World Cup 1 in Oestersund, Sweden. Bailey had clean shooting and a 13th-place finish in the men's 10-kilometer sprint, finishing with a time of 24 minutes, 30.6 seconds. He was just eight seconds out of sixth place, setting him up to start Sunday's 12.5km pursuit just over 58 seconds behind the leader.

Following two windy evenings, the weather finally cooperated with clear skies and the wind flags motionless at the shooting range.

"It was an exciting race today," said Bailey. "It is unbelievable how competitive this men's field is this year. I felt good about the race today, but it wasn't quite enough to stay in the top ten. The nice thing is that the pursuit will be incredibly close at the top of the race tomorrow, and this means there will be a lot of 'pack' skiing, which I like. The conditions on the shooting range were perfect; no wind and good visibility with a relatively easy range approach. This made for some high-percentage shooting from the field. I felt decent on skis and I'm looking forward to tomorrow's pursuit... should be a fun race."

Also qualifying for Sunday's men's pursuit was
Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) who placed 29th (24:59.9) with just one miss on the range. Burke will start the pursuit 30 seconds behind Bailey. Also competing in Saturday's sprint for the U.S. was Russell Currier (Stockholm, Maine) who missed the qualifying cut in 69th place with three misses and a time of 26:14.8.

Clean-shooting Martin Fourcade of France went two-for-two this season in Oestersund, winning the men's sprint in 23:31.9. Sweden's Fredrik Lindstroem got the home crowd on their feet as he also shot clean to finish second, 41.5 seconds back. Germany's Arnd Peiffer matched Fourcade and Lindstroem on the shooting range to take the last spot on the podium, 43.6 seconds behind. Full men's sprint results are available here.

In the women's 7.5km sprint held earlier in the day, all three American athletes qualified for Sunday's pursuit led by Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) in 27th place. Dunklee had two misses on the range and will start the pursuit 90 seconds back.

"After a rough day in the individual, I'm satisfied with a more normal feeling race and a top 30 in the sprint," Dunklee said. "We had no wind at all and the field as a whole shot much better. All of our ladies qualified for tomorrow's pursuit and we are thrilled."

Joining Dunklee in the pursuit will be Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Joanne Reid (Boulder, Colo.). Both ladies also had two misses on the range with Egan finishing 2:04 back of the top spot and Reid coming in 2:21 off the pace.

France's Marie Dorin Habert shot clean to win the women's sprint in 20:09.7. Finland's Kaisa Makarainen challenged Dorin Habert for the win but a single standing penalty pushed her into second place, 11.4 seconds back. Czech Republic's Gabriela Koukalova matched Dorin Habert at the shooting range but finished third, 19.9 seconds behind. Full women's sprint results are available here.

The BMW IBU World Cup 1 concluded Sunday with the pursuit events. The women's 10k event starts at 5:15 a.m. EST, with the men's 12.5k pursuit to follow at 7:20 a.m. Live streaming coverage of the race can be seen at www.eurovisionsports.tv/ibu.

Men’s 10km sprint results

1.

Martin Fourcade (FRA)

23:31.9/+0

2.

Fredrik Lindstroem (SWE)

+41.5/+0

3.

Arnd Peiffer (GER)

+43.6/+0

13.

Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.)

+58.7/+0

29.

Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.)

+1:28.0/+1

69.

Russell Currier (Stockholm, Maine)

+2:42.9/+3

Women’s 7.5km sprint results

1.

Marie Dorin Habert (FRA)

20:09.7/+0

2.

Kaisa Makarainen (FIN)

+11.4/+1

3.

Gabriela Koukalova (CZE)

+19.9/+0

27.

Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.)

+1:29.9/+2

44.

Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

+2:04.1/+2

53.

Joanne Reid (Boulder, Colo.)

+2:21.2/+2