Clare Egan competes in the women's 15k individual in Oestersund on Dec. 5 (photo by NordicFocus)
Oestersund, Sweden (Dec. 5, 2019) – Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) finished 35th to lead the U.S. women in the 15-kilometer individual on Thursday at the BMW IBU World Cup in Oestersund. Egan cleaned all 10 of her prone targets but had two penalties on both of her standings stages, adding four minutes to her time to finish 4 minutes 13.8 seconds behind winner Justine Braisaz of France.
"Tricky conditions got the best of us for standing shooting today but we had solid prone shooting and excellent skis," said Egan. "We are already looking ahead to Sunday's women's relay where we hope to improve on our exciting top-10 finish from world championships last winter on this course."
Egan was also pleased with recording points for the World Cup scoring with her top-40 finish.
"Thirty-fifth place is not where I dreamed of finishing but I'm happy to be on the scoreboard. I didn't score any points in the individual last year so I know how easily things can go south with a one-minute time penalty per miss and I'm satisfied with my result."
Braisaz picked up two penalties on her first shooting stage but closed the next 15 targets to claim her second career World Cup win in 42:35.1. Ukraine's Yuliia Dzhima, the only woman in the field to shoot clean, finished second, 11.1 seconds back. Third place went to Braisaz' teammate Julia Simon, also with two penalties, 17.7 seconds back.
Other American finishers were Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) in 73rd place (+7:09.7/+7) and Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) in 83rd (+8:15.5/+4). Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.) did not start today's race.
Following a rest day on Friday, the World Cup in Oestersund resumes on Saturday with the men's 4x7.5k relay, featuring Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.), Leif Nordgren (Hinesburg, Vt.), Alex Howe (Gilford, N.H.) and Travis Cooper (Kenai, Alaska).
Women's 15k individual results
1. Justine Braisaz (FRA) 42:35.1/+2
2. Yuliia Dzhima (UKR) +11.1/+0
3. Julia Simon (FRA) +17.7/+2
35. Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) +4:13.8/+4
73.Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) +7:09.7/+7
83. Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) +8:15.5/+4
DNS. Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.)