Dunklee 11th, Bailey 18th in Pokljuka World Cup Sprints

Photos from the men's and women's sprints at BMW IBU World Cup 2 in Pokljuka, Slovenia, on Dec. 9, 2016

By Bill Kellick | Dec. 09, 2016, 11:56 a.m. (ET)

POKLJUKA, Slovenia (December 9, 2016) – Clean shooting by Americans Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) and Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) propelled them to top-20 finishes Friday at the BMW IBU World Cup 2 in Pokljuka, Slovenia. They were among four U.S. athletes to qualify for Saturday's pursuit races.

Dunklee tied for second in total shooting time and was third in range time among the field of 105 in the women's 7.5-kilometer sprint. Her time of 20 minutes, 37 seconds was good enough for 11th place at the finish, 45.3 seconds behind Laura Dahlmeier of Germany who won the sprint in 19:51.7. Justine Braisaz of France finished second with her first individual World Cup podium, 3.5 seconds back. Third place went to Norway's Marte Olsbu, 21.3 seconds behind Dahlmeier. All three women shot clean with little or no wind on the shooting range.

Also qualifying for Saturday's women's pursuit was Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) who came in 53rd, 2:08.8 behind the leader with two penalties. Joanne Reid (Boulder, Colo.) did not make the cut in 85th place with four penalties, 3:16.8 back of Dahlmeier. Full women's sprint results are available here.

Bailey was 11th in total shooting time en route to an 18th-place finish in the men's 10k sprint. His time of 24:25 puts him 1:13.3 seconds back of France's Martin Fourcade at the start of Saturday's pursuit. Fourcade shot clean to claim his first-ever victory at Pokljuka in 23:11.7, overtaking Norway's Johannes Thingnes Boe with a fast last loop. Boe, who was in the lead after the standing stage, also shot clean but finished second, 13.7 seconds back. Russia's Anton Shipulin matched his rivals on the shooting range for his first podium of the season in third place, 15.1 seconds behind Fourcade who now has at least one victory at every World Cup venue where he has competed.

"I was happy with the shooting today, but I didn't feel great on the tracks," said Bailey. "I hope I can bounce back tomorrow and work into the top ten."

Bailey will be joined in the pursuit by teammate Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) who qualified in 53rd place, 1:58.4 back with three penalties. Russell Currier (Stockholm, Maine) missed the top-60 cut in 65th place with two penalties, 2:18.4 behind Fourcade. Full men's sprint results are available here.

The BMW IBU World Cup 2 continues on Saturday with the pursuit events. The men's 12.5k event starts at 5:45 a.m. EST, with the women's 10k pursuit to follow at 8:45 a.m. Live streaming coverage of the race can be seen at www.eurovisionsports.tv/ibu.

Off the tracks, Friday's release of the McLaren Report by the World Anti-Doping Agency was top of mind for U.S. biathletes.

"I'm completely stunned by today's McLaren Report and its evidence of the nature and scope of Russian doping leading up to the Sochi Olympics and the surrounding competitions," Bailey commented. "As a clean athlete who has competed for more than a decade on the World Cup and in the past three Winter Olympics, I expect that the rest of the field abides by the same standards of Clean Competition set forth in the WADA Code. It is now clear that Russia actively sought to undermine this standard, conducting the most expansive systemic cheating program the world has ever seen. I am appalled, disheartened, and disgusted. It is time for our sport leaders within the IBU to do what is right, enact meaningful consequences, and react accordingly."

"We raced a World Cup today, but that is completely insignificant compared to the news that came out in the McLaren Report," added Dunklee. "Today is a sad, sad day for our international biathlon community and the global Olympic movement. We face stunning revelations of systematic doping within our community. I respect my body and I respect my competitors and that is why I compete clean. Today we must all speak up and demand the International Olympic Committee and International Federations to take a powerful stance for clean sport."

Women’s 7.5km sprint results

1.

Laura Dahlmeier (GER)

19:51.7/+0

2.

Justine Braisaz (FRA)

+3.5/+1

3.

Marte Olsbu (NOR)

+21.3/+0

11.

Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.)

+45.3/+0

53.

Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

+2:08.8/+2

85.

Joanne Reid (Boulder, Colo.)

+3:16.8/+4


Men’s 10km sprint results

1.

Martin Fourcade (FRA)

23:11.7/+0

2.

Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR)

+13.7/+0

3.

Anton Shipulin (RUS)

+15.1/+0

18.

Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.)

+1:13.3/+0

53.

Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.)

+1:58.4/+3

65.

Russell Currier (Stockholm, Maine)

+2:18.4/+2