Dunklee rebounds in big way with 6th place in World Cup pursuit

By Bill Kellick | Dec. 16, 2017, 10:59 a.m. (ET)

ANNECY-LE GRAND BORNAND, France (December 16, 2017) – A week after missing eight of 10 targets in a world cup sprint race in Hochfilzen, Austria, Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) was back on top of her game, hitting 18 of 20 targets en route to a sixth-place finish in Saturday’s women’s 10-kilometer pursuit at the BMW IBU World Cup 3 in Annecy-Le Grand Bornand. Dunklee moved up four places from her start position and earned a berth in Sunday’s 12.5k mass start.

“This is helping me get my confidence back,” said a smiling Dunklee. “I was a little demoralized after Hochfilzen, especially. I had 20 percent shooting there.”

Dunklee had just one penalty in prone and one in standing at the range on Saturday and turned in a fast final lap on her skis to secure her 6th-place finish in a time of 31 minutes, 22 seconds.

“Today I just tried to be patient and save a little bit for that last loop,” added Dunklee. “The course is extremely narrow and there’s fresh snow from last night so the skied-in track in the middle is the fastest. I had particular points that I had in mind before the race where I’d try to make a move if I could.”

Dunklee was 1:12.1 behind winner Laura Dahlmeier of Germany who captured the pursuit with a single penalty in 30:09.9. Dahlmeier finished 14 seconds ahead of Thursday’s sprint winner Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia, who had four penalties. Third place went to Italy’s Lisa Vittozzi, also with one penalty, 31.8 seconds back.

With her performance, Dunklee qualified for tomorrow’s mass start.

“The mass start is one of my favorites, so I can’t wait,” she said.

In the men’s 12.5k pursuit held later in the day, Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) shot clean, hitting all 20 targets, to vault himself up 21 places to 14th place at the finish. His time was 2:13.9 behind Norway’s Johannes Thingnes Boe, who also shot clean in taking the victory in 32:52.7. It was Boe’s fourth consecutive win this season. Boe outdistanced his French rival Martin Fourcade by 1:01.4. Fourcade had two penalties. Third place went to Russia’s Anton Shipulin with one penalty, 1:10.5 behind Boe.

"I haven't felt completely comfortable on the shooting range yet this season so it was nice to have it all come together today, said Bailey. "The first three loops were good, but I couldn't quite hold the speed for the last two loops." 

Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) and Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.), both with three penalties, finished 26th and 30th, respectively, with Burke earning a berth in Sunday’s 15k mass start. Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) cleaned his first 15 targets before three penalties at the final standing stage and placed 48th.

The world cup in Hochfilzen concludes on Sunday with the men’s and women’s mass starts. Live streaming coverage of Dunklee in the women’s mass start begins at 5:45 a.m. EST, followed by Burke in the men’s mass start at 8:30 a.m. EST. Both races can be streamed live on the Olympic Channel website.

Women’s 10k pursuit results

1.

Laura Dahlmeier (GER)

30:09.9/+1

2.

Anastasiya Kuzmina (SVK)

+14.0/+4

3.

Lisa Vittozzi (ITA)

+31.8/+1

6.

Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.)

+1:12.1/+2

 

Men’s 12.5k pursuit results

1.

Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR)

32:52.7/+0

2.

Martin Fourcade (FRA)

+1:01.4/+2

3.

Anton Shipulin (RUS)

+1:10.5/+1

14.

Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.)

+2:13.9/+0

26.

Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.)

+3:03.1/+3

30.

Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.)

+3:07.0/+3

48.

Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.)

+4:54.9/+3