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Dunklee Scores Third Top-20 Finish at World Championships

March 09, 2016, 3:12 p.m. (ET)

Photos from the women's 15k individual race on March 9, 2016, at the IBU World Championships in Oslo, Norway

OSLO, Norway (March 9, 2016) - Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) raced to her third top-20 finish of the 2016 IBU World Championships in Wednesday's women's 15-kilometer individual race in Oslo. This follows an eighth-place finish in Saturday's sprint and a 10th-place result in Sunday's pursuit.

The starting time for the women's 15k was moved up 2.5 hours due to the threat of fog and heavy winds. Yet by the start, the sky was partly sunny and winds were negligible. By the time most of the women were on the tracks a light snow had begun to fall.

Dunklee opened the race looking strong on the skis, turning in the fourth-fastest time through the opening 2.5k, but a miss in the opening shooting stage knocked her back to 45th. She skied her way back up to 30th at the 5.5k time check, but another miss on the range stymied her progress. A third miss at the third stage had Dunklee in 43rd position but she responded with a clean final shooting stage and the fourth-fastest total course time to make a late charge to finish 18th in a time of 46 minutes, 32.3 seconds.

"It was a great day on skis and a good but not great day in the shooting range," said Dunklee. "I was dreaming of a little more, but this is an effort I can be proud of. I was grateful to ski around Doro (Dorothea Wierer from Italy) for the three middle laps; I think it helped both of us and made the race go by faster."

French competitors Marie Dorin Habert and Anais Bescond took the top two spots. Both women had a single penalty, with Dorin Habert crossing the finish line in 44:02.8 and Bescond 12.2 seconds back. Laura Dahlmeier of Germany had two penalties but skied exceptionally well to win the bronze medal, 1:17.8 behind Dorin Habert.

Elsewhere for the American team, Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) was 33rd, Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) finished 66th, and Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) placed 77th.

The IBU World Championships continue on Thursday with the men's 20km individual event beginning at 9:30 a.m. EST and will be streamed live on Eurovision with English commentary by Chad Salmela. The broadcast schedule for NBC's UniversalHD channel is listed below with all times shown as EST.

Women's 15km individual results

1. Marie Dorin Habert (FRA) 44:02.8/+1
2. Anais Bescond (FRA) 44:15.0/+1
3. Laura Dahlmeier (GER) 45:20.6/+2
18. Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) 46:32.3/+3
33. Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) 47:48.0/+2
66. Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) 50:44.7/+4
77. Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) 52:52.2/+7


Broadcast schedule (all times Eastern)

Date

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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