U.S. Qualifies Three For Men's Pursuit At Nove Mesto World Cup

By Bill Kellick | Dec. 20, 2018, 12:57 p.m. (ET)


Leif Nordgren races under the lights in the men's sprint at the Nove Mesto World Cup (photo by NordicFocus)

NOVE MESTO, Czech Republic (Dec. 20, 2018) – The men's 10-kilometer sprint was held under the lights in Nove Mesto on Thursday with three of Team USA's four athletes qualifying for Saturday's pursuit race at the BMW IBU World Cup. Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) finished 40th, Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) was 51st and World Cup rookie Travis Cooper (Kenai, Alaska) placed a career-best 56th to make the top-60 cutoff.

Nordgren and Cooper each had just one penalty on the range, with Nordgren's coming in prone and Cooper's coming in standing. Doherty rebounded from two misses in prone to execute a clean standing round.

"Unfortunately, I've been a little sick all week since the relay in Hochfilzen, so I managed to have a decent race despite that," Nordgren said. "I definitely couldn't afford more than one miss so I'll take what I can get. Now I have another two days to rest and recover for the pursuit. Hopefully, I'll be a bit healthier by then and can have another decent race."

The two-time Olympian said he enjoys not only the venue in Nove Mesto but also the nighttime competition.

"Personally, I love racing at night under the lights," Nordgren added. "This is my favorite course on the World Cup and the fans are amazing here as well. Those three combined make this stop on the World Cup pretty special."

Nordgren's time was 2 minutes, 7.6 seconds off the winning pace, while Doherty was 2:23.8 back. Cooper, who hadn't finished higher than 100th in his first three individual World Cup races this season, was just five seconds behind Doherty today.

Norway's Johannes Thingnes Boe won his third straight World Cup sprint with clean shooting and a time of 23:09.9. In second place was Russia's Alexander Loginov, also shooting clean, 21 seconds back. Martin Ponsiluoma of Sweden picked up a career-best, first-ever World Cup podium in third place, matching the top two on the shooting range and finishing 54.2 seconds behind Boe.

Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.), competing in the first individual World Cup race of his career, finished 78th with two penalties, 3:13.7 off the pace.

BMW IBU World Cup action continues on Friday with the women's 7.5km sprint. going off at 11:30 a.m ET. On the start list for Team USA will be Olympians Joanne Reid (Palo Alto, Calif.), Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.).

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Men’s 10km sprint results

1.

Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR)

23:09.9/+0

2.

Alexander Loginov (RUS)

+21.0/+0

3.

Martin Ponsiluoma (SWE)

+54.2/+0

40.

Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.)

+2:07.6/+1

51.

Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.)

+2:23.8/+2

56.

Travis Cooper (Kenai, Alaska)

+2:28.8/+1

78. Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.) +3:13.7/+2