Egan top American in Ostersund sprint

By Bill Kellick | Dec. 01, 2017, 2:50 p.m. (ET)

OSTERSUND, Sweden (December 1, 2017) – Team USA endured a trying day on the shooting range Friday during the women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint at the BMW IBU World Cup 1 in Ostersund, Sweden. The three American athletes combined to hit 20 of the 30 targets during their respective races.

The final evening competition of the week was similar to the last three…cold, dark and windless. It was a bit colder than the men’s 20k individual on Thursday night, which kept the tracks firm and fast and the wind flags completely motionless.

Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) led the U.S. team with a 75th-place finish, 2 minutes, 32.2 seconds back of the winning time. She had three penalties on the range.

"I felt really good about my skiing today and I had great skis," Egan said. "I attacked from the beginning and found another gear that was missing in the first two races, but I am still very much in a transition to racing, and that showed on the shooting range. My teammates and I are looking forward to more racing opportunities next weekend at World Cup 2, and in the meantime we are working as hard as we can to tune up our race performance...and of course we will cheer on the men tomorrow and Sunday!"
 
 

Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) had five penalties to place 79th, 2:37 behind, while Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) enjoyed a clean round in prone but missed two targets in standing to finish 89th, 3:01.2 off the pace.

Germany’s Denise Herrmann, in just her 12th world cup start, outran a single standing penalty to win the sprint in 19:54.8. She finished 15.2 seconds ahead of France’s Justine Braisaz, who shot clean. Third place went to Yuliia Dzhima of Ukraine, also shooting clean, 19.6 seconds behind.

The world cup in Ostersund continues on Saturday with the men’s 10-kilometer sprint. On the start list for the U.S. team are Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.), Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.), Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.), Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) and Paul Schommer (Appleton, Wis.).

Watch live streaming coverage of the men’s sprint on Saturday beginning at 8:45 a.m. Eastern on OlympicChannel.com.

Women’s 7.5k sprint results

1.

Denise Herrmann (GER)

19:54.8/+1

2.

Justine Braisaz (FRA)

+15.2/+0

3.

Yuliia Dzhima (UKR)

+19.6/+0

75.

Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine.)

+2:32.2/+3

79.

Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.)

+2:37.4/+5

89.

Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.)

+3:01.2/+2