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Dunklee, Bailey Top 10 Again

By Bill Kellick | March 04, 2017, 9:40 a.m. (ET)

Photos from the men's and women's pursuit races on March 4, 2017 at the BMW IBU World Cup 7 in PyeongChang, South Korea

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (March 4, 2017) – Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) and Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) kept their remarkable string of top-10 finishes alive by placing fifth and ninth, respectively, in Saturday's pursuit races at the BMW IBU World Cup 7 on the Olympic venue in PyeongChang. This marks four straight top-10 individual finishes for Dunklee and six for Bailey.

Starting one minute back of leader Laura Dahlmeier of Germany in the fifth position of the women's 10-kilometer pursuit, Dunklee again employed the fast shooting tactics that have served her so well on the range in recent races. She had the second-fastest shooting time and second-fastest range time in the field, but suffered one penalty in each of the first two prone stages.

"I was satisfied to be able to put together another strong result," Dunklee said. "My shooting didn't feel quite as dialed in as the past few races, but the skiing felt good."

After dropping back to eighth place following the second shooting stage, Dunklee cleaned from standing to move up to fourth, just 0.1 seconds out of third. A third miss on the range in the final standing stage bumped her back to fifth place and she was edged out at the finish line by half a second for fourth by Norway's Tiril Eckhoff.

"My body suddenly woke up on the last steep uphill and wanted to attack," said Dunklee. "I finally could dig into that deepest gear which has proved elusive for most of the season."

Dunklee's time was 1 minute, 32.5 seconds back of Dahlmeier's winning effort of 27:58. Dahlmeier led from start to finish, shooting clean for her ninth win of the season. Finland's Kaisa Makarainen was second with two penalties, 1:12.6 back. France's Anais Bescond, with one penalty, took third, 1:18.9 behind Dahlmeier.

Other U.S. finishers in the women's pursuit were Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) in 36th and Joanne Reid (Boulder, Colo.) in 52nd. Egan shot clean in three of the four stages, but had three misses in the third stage.

"Going 0-0-3-0 is more frustrating than some other arrangements of three misses, but when it comes down to it, I shot 85 percent and I'm satisfied," Egan said. "I have a cold right now so I'm relying on auto-pilot to get me from start to finish. I've been pleasantly surprised by how my body had responded and I'm happy to have finished in the points both days this weekend. I'm looking forward to racing on the 2k loop again in tomorrow's relay."

FULL WOMEN'S PURSUIT RESULTS HERE

Bailey, who came into today's race with only one miss on the shooting range in his last five races, suffered a miss at the first prone stage to knock him down to ninth place. He rebounded by going clean in the next prone stage to move him back into medal contention in fifth position, 21 seconds back of the lead and 14 seconds from third place. After another miss in standing dashed any medal hopes, Bailey went clean in the final standing stage and found himself in a four-man sprint finish for seventh place. All four men finished within 0.3 seconds of each other with Bailey claiming the ninth spot. 

Bailey's time of 32:44.8 was 1:20.6 back of France's Martin Fourcade who shot clean to claim the gold medal. Russia's Anton Shipulin matched Fourcade on the shooting range, finishing second, 34.5 seconds back. Yesterday's sprint winner, Austria's Julian Eberhard was third with three penalties, 35.7 behind.

"Today was a tough race, but I'm satisfied with the results," said Bailey. "The 2.5-kilometer loop is a climb right out of the gate, from the course low point to the high point. I knew Fourcade was only a few seconds behind me so I just tried to stay with him when he caught me. I felt good about how I skied the first lap, but I just had a split bullet at 7 o'clock. After that, I was pushed back out of the top group. I felt good about the way the race played out. I managed to stay in the top 10 and hang in for the final sprint with Bene Doll, Landertinger and Hofer. That's fast company and it was a crazy group sprint to the line. I can't remember a finish quite like that."

American Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) enjoyed a fine day on the range, hitting 19 of 20 targets and moving up nine spots from his start position to finish 28th, 2:28.9 back of Fourcade.

"I'm very happy with how today's race played out," said Nordgren. "It was calm in the range...good conditions for shooting so I was able to capitalize and have a good race. I'm slightly bummed to have missed my last shot again, but I had three good stages so I can be happy with that. I felt pretty good skiing today. This 2.5-kilometer loop is difficult, but I think I handled it and the conditions well. One more race to rebound for tomorrow."

FULL MEN'S PURSUIT RESULTS HERE

The BMW IBU World Cup 7 concludes on Sunday with the men's and women's relays. The races will be streamed live on Eurovision, and NBC's UniversalHD channel will show same-day coverage. Check the schedule below for times.

Dunklee and the rest of the U.S. team are looking forward to the relay on Sunday. 

"We are ready to rock this course tomorrow and make the most of one last opportunity to get to know the Olympic venue," she said.

Women's 10km pursuit results

1. Laura Dahlmeier (GER) 27:58.0/+0
2. Kaisa Makarainen (FIN) +1:12.6/+2
3. Anais Bescond (FRA) +1:18.9/+1
5.
Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.)
+1:32.5/+3
36. Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) +3:41.9/+3
52. Joanne Reid (Boulder, Colo.) +4:53.4/+5

 

Men's 12.5km sprint results

1. Martin Fourcade (FRA) 31:24.2/+0
2. Anton Shipulin (RUS) +34.5/+0
3. Julian Eberhard (AUT) +36.7/+0
9.
Lowell Bailey  (Lake Placid, N.Y.)
+1:20.6/+2
28. Leif Nordgren  (Marine, Minn.) +2:28.9/+1

 

Broadcast schedule (all times Eastern)

Date

Eurovision (Live Stream)

NBC's UniversalHD

Mar. 4

Women's pursuit: 4:45 a.m.

Men's pursuit: 6:30 a.m.

Men's & Women's pursuits (same-day) 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Mar.5

Women's relay: 2:30 a.m.

Men's relay: 5:45 a.m.

Men's & Women's relays (same-day) 3:30-5:30 p.m.

 

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