Dunklee Top American in Hochfilzen Pursuit

By Bill Kellick | Dec. 15, 2018, 9:58 a.m. (ET)

Susan Dunklee Hochfilzen pursuit
Susan Dunklee finishes shooting from the prone position during Saturday's women's pursuit (photo by NordicFocus)

HOCHFILZEN, Austria (Dec. 15, 2018) – Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) finished 28th in Saturday's women's 10-kilometer pursuit, turning in the highest finish for the U.S. team at the BMW IBU World Cup in Hochfilzen. Starting in 34th position, Dunklee moved up six places thanks in large part to 18-of-20 shooting on the range. Dunklee's time was 2 minutes, 6.1 seconds off the winning pace.

It was an all-around fine shooting day for Team USA as Dunklee's teammates Joanne Reid (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) moved up double-digit places due to their accuracy on the range.

Reid recorded the best shooting day on the team, with just one miss in her 20 attempts. She moved up 13 places during the women's pursuit race to place 31st, the highest pursuit finish of her career, 2:17.1 off the pace.

Despite three penalties, Finland's Kaisa Makarainen claimed her third victory of the season by winning the women's pursuit in 30:53.8. Slovakia's Paulina Fialkova equaled her personal best result in second place, 1.5 seconds back, with a single penalty. Third place went to Italy's Dorothea Wierer, with four penalties, 2.8 seconds behind Makarainen.

Doherty made the biggest leap of the day for the Americans in the men's 12.5km pursuit, moving up 18 spots to finish 31st, 2:37.3 off the winning time of France's Martin Fourcade. Doherty had just two penalties on the range. Teammate Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) placed 42nd, 3:21.5 back with five penalties.

"As with every good race like this one, it all started with great skis," said Doherty. "I really can't thank them (wax technicians) enough. I am very happy with my work on the range today and the skiing is getting better every day. So I'm looking forward to the relay tomorrow as another chance to put on a bib and go for it."

Fourcade shot clean to take the men's pursuit victory in 32:22.3. Second place went to Germany's Arnd Peiffer, with one penalty, 13.7 seconds back, while Norway's Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen claimed a career-best third place with clean shooting, 16.1 seconds back of Fourcade.

The World Cup from Hochfilzen concludes on Sunday with the men's and women's relays. The women's 4x6km relay begins at 5:15 a.m. ET, followed by the men's 4x7.5km relay at 8:00 a.m. ET.

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Women’s 10km pursuit results

1.

Kaisa Makarainen (FIN)

30:53.1/+3

2.

Paulina Fialkova (SVK)

+1.5/+2

3.

Dorothea Wierer (ITA)

+2.8/+4

28.

Susan Dunklee(Barton, Vt.)

+2:06.1/+2

31.

Joanne Reid(Palo Alto, Calif.)

+2:17.1/+1

Men’s 12.5km pursuit results

1.

Martin Fourcade (FRA)

32:22.3/+0

2.

Arnd Peiffer (GER)

+13.7/+1

3.

Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen (NOR)

+16.1/+0

31.

Sean Doherty(Center Conway, N.H.)

+2:37.3/+2

42.

Leif Nordgren(Marine, Minn.)

+3:21.5/+5