US Biathlon Dunklee Leads Six Pu...

Dunklee Leads Six Pursuit Qualifiers with 8th in Sprint

March 05, 2016, 10:40 a.m. (ET)

Photos from the men's and women's sprints on March 5, 2016, at the IBU World Championships in Oslo, Norway

OSLO, Norway (March 5, 2016) - Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) enjoyed her best sprint finish ever at the IBU World Championships on Saturday placing eighth in the women's 7.5-kilometer race. Her previous best at a World Championships sprint was 42nd at last year's event. Dunklee led a group of six Americans in qualifying for Sunday's pursuit races.

Despite one miss in the standing shooting, Dunklee was blazing fast on her skis turning in the quickest course time on the second lap and finishing in 21 minutes and 59 seconds, 48.2 seconds back of winner Tiril Eckhoff of Norway.

"Everything is going as I had hoped," said Dunklee. "My body feels good, I feel confident on the shooting range, and there are lots of positive vibes coming from the huge Norwegian crowd. I'm excited to see what the next few days bring."

Eckhoff's time of 21:10.8 with clean shooting put her a full 15 seconds ahead of silver-medalist Marie Dorin Habert of France (21:25.8/+0). The bronze medal in the women's sprint went to Germany's Laura Dahlmeier (21:30.6/+1).

Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) also enjoyed a career-best day at the World Championships with an 18th place finish with clean shooting and a time of 22:28.8. Her previous best was a 56th place in the individual race at the 2013 World Championships.

"I'm really psyched with my shooting today," Dreissigacker said. "It's just always so much fun to shoot clean--what a good feeling. I shot clean last year in Oslo too, so I guess this is a good range for me. As a team we all shot well today, and I'm proud of that.  And I'm excited for tomorrow's pursuit!"

Not making the top-60 cut for Sunday's women's pursuit were Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) in 63rd and Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) in 84th.

In the men's sprint, all four U.S. competitors qualified for Sunday's pursuit, led by a 14th-place finish from Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.). Burke had one miss on the range and crossed the line in 26:44.5. 

"Today was a solid start to World Championships for me," Burke said. "I felt solid on the ski course and was happy with my shooting. Normally, after a long break, I feel better and better with each race, so I think this was a great start for me. The atmosphere in the stadium and on the course was amazing. This was definitely one of the loudest races that I have participated in. I expect tomorrow to be very exciting with many athletes starting so close together. I think everything is still possible with a great race tomorrow."

Also having a personal best day for Team USA was Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) with an 18th-place finish. Nordgren hit all 10 targets and finished with a time of 26:52.2. His previous best sprint finish at a World Championships was 26th back in 2011.

"I'm pretty happy with how the race turned out today," said Nordgren. "I was a little unsure of myself coming into today's race, mostly because this season as a whole just hasn't gone so well for me. I was able to put in a solid few weeks of training after the U.S. World Cups though, so the shape that I have here seems to be good for where I've been this year.

"I was very relaxed on the range today. There was very little wind, and the range approach is on the easier side. Out on the tracks it went very much like the rest of the season has gone, a good first and second loop, but not much gas left for the final loop. I'm happy with the shooting though, it puts me in a good place for tomorrows pursuit.

"We had awesome skis today, that was definitely a big help. Our wax techs have been working really hard to produce good material here and I think they nailed it today."

Joining Burke and Nordgren for the men's pursuit on Sunday were Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) in 29th (27:10.2/+1) and Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) in 43rd (27:31.9/+2).

Clean-shooting Martin Fourcade of France won his seventh World Championship title in 25:35.4. The silver medal went to Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway, also shooting clean, 26.9 seconds back. Ukraine's Sergey Semenov took the bronze medal 27.6 seconds back of Fourcade and also with clean shooting.

Sunday's men's 12.5km pursuit begins at 7:30 a.m. EST, with the women's 10km pursuit to follow at 9:45 a.m. The races will be streamed live on Eurovision with English commentary by Chad Salmela. The broadcast schedule for NBC's UniversalHD channel is also listed below with all times shown as EST.

Women's 7.5km sprint results

1. Tiril Eckhoff (NOR) 21:10.8/+0
2. Marie Dorin Habert (FRA) 21:25.8/+0
3. Laura Dahlmeier (GER) 21:30.6/+1
8. Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) 21:59.0/+1
18. Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) 22:28.8/+0
63. Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) 23:42.8/+1
84. Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) 24:58.3/+1

Men's 10km sprint results

1. Martin Fourcade (FRA) 25:35.4/+0
2. Ole Einar Bjoerndalen (NOR) 26:02.3/+0
3. Sergey Semenov (UKR) 26:03.0/+0
14. Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) 26:44.5/+1
18. Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) 26:52.2/+0
29. Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) 27:10.2/+1
43. Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) 27:31.9/+2

Broadcast schedule (all times Eastern)


Eurovision (Live Stream)

NBC's UniversalHD

Stream (Live Extra)

Mar. 3

Mixed relay: 9:30 a.m.

Mixed Relay (same-day): 7:30-9 p.m.

9:20-10:55 a.m.

Mar. 5

Men’s sprint: 5:30 a.m.

Women’s sprint: 8:30 a.m.

Sprint Men (same-day) 7:30-9 p.m.

5:20-7:00 a.m.

8:20-10:00 a.m.

Mar. 6

Men’s pursuit: 7:30 a.m.

Women’s pursuit: 9:45 a.m.


7:20-8:20 a.m.

9:35-10:45 a.m.

Mar. 9

Women’s individual: 9:30 a.m.

9:20-11:20 a.m.

Mar. 10

Men’s individual: 9:30 a.m.


9:20-11:25 a.m.

Mar. 11

Women’s relay: 9:30 a.m.


9:20-10:55 a.m.

Mar. 12

Men’s relay: 9:30 a.m.

Men’s Relay (same-day): 8:30-10 p.m.

9:20-11:00 a.m.

Mar. 13

Women’s mass start: 8:00 a.m.

Men’s mass start: 11:00 a.m.

Women’s Mass Start (same-day) & Event Recap: 3-4:30 p.m.

6:50-7:55 a.m.

9:20-10:45 a.m.

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