Doherty impresses again with top-20 pursuit finish in Hochfilzen

By Bill Kellick | Dec. 09, 2017, 11:07 a.m. (ET)

HOCHFILZEN, Austria (December 9, 2017) – A day after placing 22nd in the 10-kilometer sprint, Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) followed up with a 17th place in the men’s 12.5k pursuit on Saturday at the BMW IBU World Cup 2 in Hochfilzen. Doherty had just two penalties on the shooting range and finished 2 minutes, 12.8 seconds behind winner Johannes Thingnes Boe of Norway.

“I am very happy to follow up my sprint with a good pursuit,” said Doherty. “It was fun to be in the thick of the action and be able to shoot my way up. Hopefully the conditions tomorrow will be a little bit better and we can have a good relay.” 

Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) also moved up the pursuit standings with 17-for-20 shooting on the range. Starting 53rd, Bailey jumped up to 36th at the finish, 3:20.6 back of Boe.

Friday’s snow continued off and on throughout the night and returned with a new intensity in the morning for the men’s pursuit. Accompanying the heavy snow and falling temperatures was a steady wind that buffeted the wind flags from left to right on the shooting range.

Boe backed up his sprint win on Friday with a 5-for-5 final standing stage to win the pursuit in 36:41.1. Despite three penalties, Boe finished 58.8 seconds ahead of Slovenia’s Jakov Fak, who had just one penalty. Martin Fourcade of France, after three final standing stage penalties, outsprinted Germany’s Simon Schempp for third place, 1:10 back.

The snow that the men battled in the morning continued for the women’s pursuit later in the day, with a bit less intensity. However, the tracks remained slow and deep with a stiff breeze complicating shooting.

Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia won for the first time since March 2014, cleaning the last two standing stages and cruising to victory in the women’s 10k pursuit in 34:31.2. Her only penalty came in the first prone stage. Kaisa Makarainen of Finland passed sprint winner Darya Domracheva of Belarus in the final meters to take second place, with two penalties, 10.2 seconds back. Domracheva, with a single penalty, finished 11.8 seconds behind Kuzmina.

Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) finished 53rd with seven penalties, 5:21.6 off the pace.

The world cup in Hochfilzen concludes on Sunday with the men’s and women’s relays. Live streaming coverage of the U.S. men in the 4x7.5k relay can be seen at 5:30 a.m. EST on the Olympic Channel website.

Men’s 12.5k pursuit results

1.

Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR)

36:41.1/+3

2.

Jakov Fak (SLO)

+58.8/+1

3.

Martin Fourcade (FRA)

+1:10.0/+5

17.

Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.)

+2:12.8/+2

36.

Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.)

+3:20.6/+3

 

Women’s 10k pursuit results

1.

Anastasiya Kuzmina (SVK)

34:31.2/+1

2.

Kaisa Makarainen (FIN)

+10.2/+2

3.

Darya Domracheva (BLR)

+11.8/+1

53.

Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

+5:21.6/+7