Doherty Equals Career-Best Pursuit Finish in Oslo

By Bill Kellick | March 17, 2018, 12:49 p.m. (ET)

OSLO-HOLMENKOLLEN, Norway (March 17, 2018) – Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) is ending the 2017-18 season with a bang. Two days after racing to his best-ever finish (14th in the sprint) at a World Cup held outside North America, the 22-year-old tied a career-best in the pursuit with a 17th-place finish in Saturday’s 12.5-kilometer race at the BMW IBU World Cup 8 at Holmenkollen Stadium. Doherty clocked in at 33 minutes, 5.8 seconds, with two penalties, putting him 1:34.2 off the winning pace set by France’s Martin Fourcade.

“I am very happy with my race today,” said Doherty. “My execution on the range was very crisp, especially in prone, which I have been working on.”

Clean through both prone stages, Doherty briefly moved up to 10th during the race. However, one miss in each of the standing stages bumped him back to 18th, but on the last lap he pushed past Norway’s Lars Helge Birkeland to secure his 17th-place finish.

“I’ve been feeling strong on the skis to end the season which inspires a lot of confidence going into the training season,” Doherty added.

Also enjoying a good race was Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.). Save from two missed targets in his first standing stage, Bailey was clean at the range, allowing him to move up 14 places from the start to finish 28th, 2:07.2 back of Fourcade.

Rounding out Team USA in the men’s pursuit were Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) in 40th (+3:07.5) and Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) in 47th (+4:12.6). Both had four penalties.

Fourcade raced to his 72nd World Cup victory in 31:31.6 with two penalties. Lukas Hofer of Italy, with one penalty, finished second, 18.1 seconds back, while third place went to Norway’s Johannes Thingnes Boe with four penalties, 32.5 seconds behind Fourcade.

The U.S. men’s team will now look to Sunday’s relay as they wrap up their World Cup season.

“I think we are all excited for the race tomorrow,” Doherty said. “We have had super skis all week and anything can happen in relays.”

Earlier in the day, the American women’s relay team of Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.), Joanne Reid (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) finished 15th in the 4x6km relay, 4:49.9 back of the winning time with two penalties and 14 spare rounds. Reid enjoyed the best day at the range using just one spare round to hit her 10 targets.

France took the victory in the women’s relay in 1:10:58.3 with six spare rounds. Germany finished second and Italy took third.

The BMW IBU World Cup 8 concludes in Oslo on Sunday with the women’s 10km pursuit and the men’s 4x7.5km relay. Dunklee will start fourth in the pursuit, just 35 seconds back. That race begins at 7:00 a.m. EDT. The men’s relay follows at 9:45 a.m. EDT. Both races will be streamed live on the Olympic Channel website.

Men’s 12.5km pursuit results

1.

Martin Fourcade (FRA)

31:31.6/+2

2.

Lukas Hofer (ITA)

+18.1/+1

3.

Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR)

+32.5/+4

17.

Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.)

+1:34.2/+2

28.

Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.)

+2:07.2/+2

40.

Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.)

+3:07.5/+4

47.

Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.)

+4:12.6/+4

 

Women’s 4x6km relay results

1.

France (Chevalier, Aymonier, Dorin Habert, Bescond)

1:10:58.3/0+6

2.

Germany (Hammerschmidt, Herrmann, Preuss, Dahlmeier)

+14.4/0+7

3.

Italy (Vittozzi, Wierer, Gontier, Sanfilippo)

+33.2/0+8

15.

USA (Egan, Dunklee, Reid, Dreissigacker)

+4:49.9/2+14