Bailey, Burke and Nordgren earn pursuit berths in Antholz sprint

By Bill Kellick | Jan. 19, 2018, 11:35 a.m. (ET)

ANTHOLZ-ANTERSELVA, Italy (January 19, 2018) – Taking a cue from what the women’s team did the day before, the U.S. men’s biathlon team also qualified three of its members for Saturday’s pursuit races at the BMW IBU World Cup 6 in Antholz. Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.), Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) and Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) all finished in the top 60 in Friday’s 10-kilometer sprint to earn berths in tomorrow’s 12.5km pursuit.

The sun was out in Antholz on Friday, but the wind picked up just as the first racers were leaving the start house, making the shooting range a tricky place to be, especially early on. Bailey enjoyed the best day on the range for Team USA, hitting nine of 10 targets, including a clean round in prone. He finished 41st, 2 minutes, 22 seconds back of the winning time set by Norway’s Johannes Thingnes Boe.

"The wind was tricky today," said Bailey. "In zero, we didn't have too much wind but by race time it was gusting from both directions. I was happy with how the shooting went but definitely disappointed in my ski speed. Hoping for better tomorrow."
 

Boe overcame a single prone penalty to secure his seventh victory of the season, finishing in 23:19.3, 12.8 seconds ahead of clean-shooting Martin Fourcade of France. Third place went to Germany’s Arnd Peiffer, who also shot clean, 42.2 seconds behind Boe.

Despite three penalties on the range, Burke was just .4 seconds behind Baily in 43rd. Nordgren, with two penalties on the range, had his best finish in the sprint this world cup season, placing 50th, 2:33.1 back.

Rounding out the U.S. contingent was Russell Currier (Stockholm, Maine) who finished 63rd, with two penalties, in his first world cup race of the season, just five seconds out of qualifying for the pursuit. Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) was the fifth skier to start and had to face the strongest winds on the range early in the race. He placed 75th with four penalties, 3:15.9 behind Boe.

Six Americans, all members of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Biathlon Team, will start in Saturday’s pursuit races. First up in the women’s 10km pursuit will be Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.), Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.). They will be followed by Bailey, Burke and Nordgren in the men’s 12.5km pursuit. Live streaming coverage can be seen at 7:15 a.m. EST for the women’s race, and at 9:00 a.m. EST for the men’s race on the Olympic Channel website.

Men’s 10k sprint results

1.

Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR)

23:19.3/+1

2.

Martin Fourcade (FRA)

+12.8/+0

3.

Arnd Peiffer (GER)

+42.2/+0

41.

Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.)

+2:22.0/+1

43.

Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.)

+2:22.4/+3

50.

Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.)

+2:33.1/+2

63.

Russell Currier (Stockholm, Maine)

+2:55.4/+2

75.

Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.)

+3:15.9/+4