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Dunklee, Doherty Top-20 in Kontiolahti Pursuits

By Bill Kellick | March 11, 2017, 7:11 a.m. (ET)

Photos from the men's and women's pursuit races on March 11, 2017 at the BMW IBU World Cup 8 in Kontiolahti, Finland

KONTIOLAHTI, Finland (March 11, 2017) – Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) and Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) finished in the top-20 of their respective pursuit races on Saturday at the BMW IBU World Cup 8 in Kontiolahti. Dunklee placed 14th in the women's 10-kilometer event while Doherty moved up 26 places to finish 18th in the men's 12.5km race.

Dunklee started in fifth position, 35 seconds back of Friday's sprint winner Tiril Eckhoff of Norway. After cleaning from the first prone stage, Dunklee found herself in third place, 14.6 seconds back of Eckhoff and 12.3 behind Germany's Laura Dahlmeier. However, two penalties in the second prone stage pushed Dunklee down to 13th place and two more misses over the final two stages prevented her from cracking the top 10. She finished 1:02.8 back of Dahlmeier who won for the 10th time this season, with a single penalty in 29:54.4.

"I struggled with changing wind conditions a bit in the second prone," Dunklee said. "My other three stages all felt good. No one feels fresh at this point in the season. I certainly don't. The challenge is tricking your tired body into wanting to race anyway."

France's Marie Dorin Habert, with two penalties, was second, 16.5 seconds back. Italy's Lisa Vittozzi notched her first career podium in third place with one penalty, 19.9 seconds behind Dahlmeier.

Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) finished 45th, 3:24.7 back with four penalties. Joanne Reid (Boulder, Colo.) also had four missed targets on the range and placed 52nd, 4:07 off the winning pace set by Dahlmeier.


Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) had his best performance of the season in the men's 12.5km sprint held earlier in the day. Doherty hit all 20 targets and moved up from his 44th-place start position to 18th, 1:19.5 off the pace.

"I am extremely happy with the race today," said Doherty. "To have such a great race after a tough start to the season makes today extra special."

Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) started in the 16th position and moved up to 12th after cleaning all 10 targets in prone. However, three penalties in standing pushed Bailey back to 27th at the finish, 1:57.2 behind.

"I was having a decent race until that last two shots," Bailey said. "Sometimes you just miss. Congrats to Sean on his first four-stage clean World Cup. Great performance."

Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) cleaned the opening prone stage but suffered four penalties at the next two shooting stages to place 44th, 3:24.4 back.

Germany's Arnd Peiffer won the men's pursuit for his first win of the season and second career pursuit victory. He shot clean to finish in 30:35. Austria's Simon Eder , with two penalties, was second, just 0.3 seconds back. Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen, also with two penalties, took the last spot on the podium, 2.3 seconds back.


The BMW IBU World Cup 8 concludes on Sunday with the single mixed relay at 8:30 a.m. ET, followed by the 2x6 + 2x7.5km mixed relay at 11:15 a.m. ET. Both races will be streamed live on Eurovision.

Women's 10km pursuit results

1. Laura Dahlmeier (GER) 29:54.4/+1
2. Marie Dorin Habert (FRA) +16.5/+2
3. Lisa Vittozzi (ITA) +19.9/+1
Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.)
45. Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)  +3:24.7/+4
52. Joanne Reid (Boulder, Colo.) +4:07.0/+4


Men's 12.5km pursuit results

1. Arnd Peiffer (GER) 30:35.0/+0
2. Simon Eder (AUT) +0.3/+2
3. Emil Hegle Svendsen (NOR) +2.3/+2
Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) 
27. Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) +1:57.2/+3
43. Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.)

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