Hot-shooting Burke 21st in Antholz pursuit

By Bill Kellick | Jan. 20, 2018, 12:39 p.m. (ET)

ANTHOLZ, Italy (January 20, 2018) – Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) hit 19 of 20 targets to move up 20 places and finish 21st in the men’s 12.5-kilometer pursuit on Saturday at the BMW IBU World Cup 6 in Antholz. With his performance, Burke earned a spot in tomorrow’s 15km mass start.

As the 41st skier off the start line, Burke had a snap to his skiing form and quickly moved up in the field. He steadily climbed higher as he picked off his first 15 targets on the shooting range. Following the third shooting stage he had jumped all the way up to 16th place out on course. The only thing that stunted his ascent was a single penalty in the final standing shoot. He crossed the line 3 minutes, 3.4 seconds back of the winning time.

Burke posted the 10th-fastest isolated pursuit time in the field. He picked up 20 world cup points and now sits 27th in the world cup total score standings.

"I feel like today was an important step for me with finally having a solid four-stage race," said Burke. "Everything seems to be coming together at the right time for me and I am looking forward to another good opportunity in the mass start tomorrow."
 
 

Matching Burke on the range with 19-of-20 shooting was Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) who also moved up in the standings gaining four spots to place 35th, 3:54.8 off the lead. As high as 29th place during the race, Bailey nearly went clean but missed his last target of the day.

“Shooting was decent today, but I didn’t feel any better on the skis, unfortunately,” Bailey said. “For now, I’ll take a rest day and get back to it on Monday with the preparation for the Olympics. I trust my training was good this season. Now, it’s just a matter of doing some quality training sessions over the next two weeks and focusing on the Olympics.”

Also moving up the rankings was Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) who placed 44th after starting in 48th position. Nordgren began with a clean round in prone and finished with a clean round in standing, but had three penalties in between to finish 4:40.8 back. He climbed to 35th after his clean opening round in prone.

Norway’s Johannes Thingnes Boe shot clean and was unchallenged in a wire-to-wire win in the men’s pursuit. His time of 31:14.4 was just over a minute ahead of second-place finisher Martin Fourcade of France who had one penalty. Third place went to Anton Shipulin of Russia, also with one penalty, 1:18.4 back at the finish.

Earlier in the day in the women’s 10km pursuit, Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) opened with clean rounds in both prone stages, but Egan suffered three penalties in standing while Dreissigacker had four. Nonetheless, Egan moved up 16 spots from the start to finish 37th, her best pursuit finish of the season, 3:49.5 off the pace. She picked up four world cup points with her effort. Dreissigacker, in her first-career world cup pursuit, placed 56th.

“I'm really happy with my skiing from both the sprint and pursuit,” said Egan. “I'm finally getting into race shape - better late than never - and it will be just in time for the Games. I also believe I had the best skis in the race today. It felt great to go clean through the prone and move up a ton of places. Unfortunately, for some reason on my last standing my legs were shaking as if I were standing on a vibrating platform. I really had to fight for each of my shots and I’m very happy I managed to hit the last three. I had the eighth-fastest last lap which is a personal best for me. I am moving in the right direction for PyeongChang.”

Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) did not start today’s pursuit due to a sore throat.

Germany’s Laura Dahlmeier, after a first prone stage penalty, hit her next 15 shots to win the women’s pursuit in 29:45. Italy’s Dorothea Wierer crossed the line 17.3 seconds later, with two penalties, to finish second. Third place went to Darya Domracheva of Belarus, also with two penalties, 20.2 seconds behind Dahlmeier.

 

The world cup in Antholz concludes on Sunday with the men’s and women’s mass starts. Live streaming coverage of Burke in the men’s race begins at 8:45 a.m. EST on the Olympic Channel website. The women’s mass start kicks things off at 6:30 a.m. EST.

Men’s 12.5k pursuit results

1.

Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR)

31:14.4/+0

2.

Martin Fourcade (FRA)

+1:00.5/+1

3.

Anton Shipulin (RUS)

+1:18.4/+1

21.

Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.)

+3:03.4/+1

35.

Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.)

+3:54.8/+1

44.

Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.)

+4:40.8/+3

 

Women’s 10k pursuit results

1.

Laura Dahlmeier (GER)

29:45.0/+1

2.

Dorothea Wierer (ITA)

+17.3/+2

3.

Darya Domracheva (BLR)

+20.2/+2

37.

Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

+3:49.5/+3

56.

Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.)

+6:27.2/+4