Burke 14th in Oberhof World Cup pursuit

By Bill Kellick | Jan. 06, 2018, 11:46 a.m. (ET)

OBERHOF, Germany (January 6, 2018) – Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) raced to a 14th-place finish Saturday in the men’s 12.5-kilometer pursuit at the BMW IBU World Cup 4 in Oberhof. Burke stopped the clock at 34 minutes, 7.3 seconds, and had three penalties on the shooting range.

Starting fourth out of the gate after yesterday’s fourth-place finish in the 10km sprint, Burke was 20 seconds behind leader Martin Fourcade of France. A clean round of prone shooting kept Burke among the leaders in fifth place, still just 29.5 seconds off the lead.

However, two penalties at the second prone stage bumped Burke down to eighth place, now more than a minute behind the leaders. He rebounded with a clean stage in standing to hold onto 10th position, but another penalty at the final standing stage would push Burke back to 14th at the finish, 1:43.7 behind the winner, Fourcade.

“Overall, it was another solid race for me, but I would sure love to have that second prone stage back,” said Burke. “I felt in control but just missed. That’s how biathlon goes sometimes. I felt good on the ski course again and was able to push on the last loop, which I will take as a good sign for the next races.”

Fourcade, with a single penalty on his first shot of the day, took the victory in 30:49.5. Johannes Thingnes Boe of Norway, with three penalties, finished second, 6.3 seconds back, while his brother Tarjei placed third with clean shooting, 30.9 seconds behind Fourcade.

Team USA will stay in Germany for the upcoming week, traveling to Ruhpolding for BMW IBU World Cup 5, Jan. 10-14. That event will feature men’s and women’s individual races, relays and mass starts.

Men’s 12.5 km pursuit results

1.

Martin Fourcade (FRA)

32:23.6/+1

2.

Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR)

+6.3/+3

3.

Tarjei Boe (NOR)

+30.9/+0

14.

Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.)

+1:43.7/+3