Dunklee's Fast Ski Time Nets 17th In Antholz Pursuit

Photos from the men's and women's pursuit races on Jan. 23, 2016, at the BMW IBU World Cup 6 in Antholz, Italy

Jan. 23, 2016, 9:54 a.m. (ET)

ANTHOLZ-ANTERSELMA, Italy (January 23, 2016) - Torrid skiing propelled Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) 20 places up the standings to a 17th-place finish Saturday in the women's pursuit at the BMW IBU World Cup 6 in Antholz-Anterselma, Italy. Dunklee finished in a time of 31 minutes and 35.3 seconds, with three penalties on the shooting range.

Starting 37th in the field of 60 women in the 10-kilometer pursuit, Dunklee had two misses through the first two prone positions to inch up to 34th, a position she held through the first standing stage despite another miss there. She cleaned the last standing to jump to 25th, then put the hammer down on the last loop to move up eight more places to 17th. Dunklee had the fourth-fastest ski time and 10th-best isolated pursuit time which more than negated the time lost via the three shooting penalties.

"Today I felt snappy and energized on skis; a complete turnaround from the sprint," said Dunklee. "On the last loop there was a giant pack just ahead of me and the highlight of my race was picking those racers off one by one. This will give me a lot of confidence going into next week's break."

Dunklee is now 23rd in the World Cup standings with 237 points.

Russia's Ekaterina Yurlova took charge of the women's pursuit with a clean final standing stage and went on to the second victory of her career, with a single penalty in 30:07.3. Selina Gasparin, with her best result of the season, finished second, also with one penalty, 12 seconds back. Third place went to Italy's Dorothea Wierer, with three penalties, 18 seconds behind Yurlova. Full women's pursuit results are available here.

In the men's 12.5km pursuit, Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) placed 22nd (33:53.6/+4), Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) was 28th (34:02.9/+3) and Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) finished 48th (35:52.5/+2).

Burke's only clean round was in second prone, while Bailey went clean in first prone but had a miss in each of the remaining three stages. Bailey moved up four places in the final lap by turning in the eighth-fastest lap time. In the World Cup standings, Bailey now sits in 20th with 249 points, while Burke is 28th with 200.

Russia's Anton Shipulin won for the first time this season, taking the men's pursuit with two penalties in 31:51.9. He took the lead from Simon Schempp of Germany for the first time after the final standing stage. Schempp held on for second with a single penalty, 10.3 seconds back, while Johannes Thingnes Boe of Norway finished third, with one penalty, 14.1 seconds behind Shipulin. Full men's pursuit results are available here.

"Today was just another one of those races for me that was solid, but not quite what I was hoping for," Burke said. "I felt really good on the tracks today and I had good skis, but I had a few too many mistakes at the shooting range. I actually felt good on the range but the shots just did not fall. I was happy to at least score some decent World Cup points again. Now I am looking forward to the relay tomorrow. Hopefully, we can build on our success from last week."

The BMW IBU World Cup 6 concludes on Sunday with the women's 4x6km relay at 5:30 a.m. EST, followed by the men's 4x7.5km relay at 8:40 a.m. EST. Both races will be streamed live at www.eurovisionsports.tv/ibu.

Women's 10km pursuit results

1. Ekaterina Yurlova (RUS) 30:07.3/+1
2. Selina Gasparin (SUI) 30:19.3/+1
3. Dorothea Wierer (ITA) 30:25.3/+3
17. Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) 31:35.3/+3

Men's 12.5km pursuit results

1. Anton Shipulin (RUS) 31:51.9/+2
2. Simon Schempp (GER) 32:02.2/+1
3. Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR) 32:06.0/+3
22. Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) 33:53.6/+4
28. Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.)
48. Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) 35:52.5/+2
DNS. Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.)