Dunklee Leads U.S. Sprint Effort in Hochfilzen

By Bill Kellick | Dec. 13, 2018, 10:08 a.m. (ET)

Susan Dunklee Hochfilzen World Cup sprint
Susan Dunklee has qualified for Saturday's pursuit along with Joanne Reid (photo by NordicFocus)

HOCHFILZEN, Austria (Dec. 13, 2018) – Team USA will send two athletes into Saturday's women's pursuit race after Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) and Joanne Reid (Palo Alto, Calif.) finished in the top-60 of Thursday's 7.5-kilometer women's sprint at the BMW IBU World Cup in Hochfilzen. Dunklee placed 34th with two penalties, 1 minute, 33 seconds off the winning time, while Reid was 44th, 1:48.3 back with one penalty.

"Today was a perfect winter day," said Dunklee. "Bluebird skies, a soft golden afternoon glow highlighting the mountain ridgelines, and heaps of powdery snow. The tracks were in great shape. My ski shape is slowly rounding into form. I felt a bit sharper today compared to last week. My prone has been solid and I'm trusting my shooting a little more this year."

Dorothea Wierer of Italy held on for a 21:04.9 victory in the women's sprint, just .6 seconds ahead of Finland's Kaisa Makarainen. Both women had a single penalty in standing. Clean-shooting Ekaterina Yurlova-Percht of Russia, 24.4 seconds back, finished third.

Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), coming off a career-best sixth-place finish on Sunday in the pursuit at the Pokljuka World Cup, was hampered by four penalties on the range today and finished out of the qualifying in 65th place, 2:22.1 back.

World Cup action from Hochfilzen resumes Friday with the men's 10km pursuit starting at 8:15 a.m. ET.

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Women’s 7.5km sprint results

1.

Dorothea Wierer (ITA)

21:04.9/+1

2.

Kaisa Makarainen (FIN)

+0.6/+1

3.

Ekaterina Yurlova-Percht (RUS)

+24.4/+0

34.

Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.)

+1:33.0/+2

44.

Joanne Reid (Palo Alto, Calif.)

+1:48.3/+1

65.

Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

+2:22.1/+4