US Biathlon Egan Sprints to 15th...

Egan Sprints to 15th at Pokljuka World Cup

By Bill Kellick | Dec. 08, 2018, 9:46 a.m. (ET)

Clare Egan Pokljuka sprint
Clare Egan races to 15th place in the women's sprint (photo by NordicFocus)

POKLJUKA, Slovenia (Dec. 8, 2018) – Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) turned in the sixth-fastest course time en route to a 15th-place finish in Saturday's women's sprint at the BMW IBU World Cup in Pokljuka. It marked the second-best career finish for the 2018 Olympian behind only a 13th-place performance at last season's World Cup sprint in Kontiolahti, Finland.

The only thing that kept Egan from a possible podium appearance was a miss on her tenth and final shot at the range. She crossed the finish line 1 minute, 8.8 seconds off the pace.

"After struggling on the range in the 15k Individual, I was focused on getting back into a good routine today," Egan said. "I had to fight for my last two shots and did a really nice job with shot 9 but obviously not good enough for shot 10. Overall the shooting is there, and the skiing too, so I'm competing with the best in the world and that's new and exciting. I'm in great shape right now so I know that anything is possible."

Finland's Kaisa Makarainen won the women's sprint with clean shooting and a time of 20:08.1. Italy's Dorothea Wierer placed second, 14.8 seconds back, while Justine Braisaz of France placed third, 42.1 seconds behind Makarainen. Wierer and Braisaz also shot clean.

Joining Egan in tomorrow's 10-kilometer pursuit will be teammates Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) and Joanne Reid (Palo Alto, Calif.). Dunklee placed 45th, 1:50.4 off the pace, while Reid finished 57th, 2:06.8 back. Both had two penalties on the shooting range.

"Our whole women's team is in a great place; we did excellent training this summer with our new coach, Armin (Auchentaller), and it's paying off," added Egan. "Last year at World Cup 1, zero American women qualified for the pursuit, whereas all three of us did today. And it's worth noting that with Susan's 11th place in the Individual, we've now had two women go in the top 15 already in the first two races of the year. We are proud of ourselves and motivated to keep climbing."

Prior to the women's pursuit on Sunday starting at 8:45 a.m. ET, the men's 12.5km pursuit will go off at 5:45 a.m. ET. Americans Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) and Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) are among the 60 participants in that race.

WAYS TO WATCH:
Fans can watch a same-day replay of World Cup races on the Olympic Channel (check your local listings).

Live streams will be available on all digital platforms: desktop via NBCSports.com/Gold, and mobile, tablet and connected television platforms via the NBC Sports Gold app. http://stream.nbcsports.com/gold/snow?pid=212787.

Streams will also be available on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app. https://www.olympicchannel.com/…/de…/ibu-world-cup-pokljuka/.

The NBC Sports Gold premium package will give paid subscribers commercial-free access to each event across the span of the competition. Users can subscribe to the NBC Sports Gold Snow Pass here: https://www.nbcsports.com/gold/snow.

 

Women’s 7.5km sprint results

1.

Kaisa Makarainen (FIN)

20:08.1/+0

2.

Dorothea Wierer (ITA)

+14.8/+0

3.

Justine Braisaz (FRA)

+42.1/+0

15.

Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

+1:08.8/+1

45.

Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.)

+1:50.4/+2

57.

Joanne Reid (Palo Alto, Calif.)

+2:06.8/+2


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