Dunklee top American in Oberhof sprint

By Bill Kellick | Jan. 04, 2018, 9:58 a.m. (ET)

OBERHOF, Germany (January 4, 2018) – The first race of 2018 was held Thursday as the women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint kicked off the BMW IBU World Cup 4 in Oberhof, Germany. After a couple of wet days early in the week, the women’s field caught a break with no precipitation falling from the sky. However, the tracks were soft and the wind picked up immediately after the start, complicating conditions on the shooting range. As a result, only two athletes shot clean in the 96-woman field.

Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) led the U.S. duo with a 62nd-place finish, 2 minutes, 46.6 seconds back of the winning time. She had four penalties on the shooting range. Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) also had four penalties on the range to place 86th, 4:23 behind.

Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia won for the third time this season, taking the sprint with one penalty in 22:23.7. She easily topped Kaisa Makarainen of Finland, who placed second, also with one penalty, 35.4 seconds back. Third place went to Veronika Vitkova of Czech Republic, 40.1 seconds back with one penalty.

The world cup in Oberhof continues Friday with the men’s 10k sprint. Toeing the line for Team USA will be Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) and Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.). Live streaming coverage can be seen at 8:15 a.m. EST on the Olympic Channel website.

Women’s 7.5k sprint results

1.

Anastasiya Kuzmina (SVK)

22:23.7/+1

2.

Kaisa Makarainen (FIN)

+35.4/+1

3.

Veronika Vitkova (CZE)

+40.1/+1

62.

Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.)

+2:46.6/+4

86.

Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

+4:23.0/+4