Sean Doherty races in the men's 10km sprint on Dec. 13, 2019, at the BMW IBU World Cup in Hochfilzen, Austria. (photo by NordicFocus)
Hochfilzen, Austria (Dec. 13, 2019) – Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) and Leif Nordgren (Hinesburg, Vt.) both qualified for Saturday's pursuit by virtue of their efforts in Friday's men's 10-kilometer sprint as the BMW IBU World Cup got underway in Hochfilzen. Doherty finished 36th and Nordgren placed 44th to make the top-60 cutoff for tomorrow's 12.5km pursuit.
"Today I executed my race plan very well," Doherty said. "It was good to see an overall improvement for the team....certainly bodes well for the many upcoming races. It's just hard to be patient while building up."
Both Doherty and Nordgren cleaned from prone and had just one missed target apiece in standing. Doherty was 1 minute, 32.7 seconds off the pace while Nordgren was 1:40.8 back. Teammates Alex Howe (Gilford, N.H.) and Travis Cooper (Kenai, Alaska) finished 74th and 99th, respectively.
Norway's Johannes Thingnes Boe, despite one penalty, had a wire-to-wire win in taking the men's sprint in 25:07.8. The victory put Boe back in the yellow bib of the World Cup leader. France's Simon Desthieux, with a furious last loop, finished second, also with one penalty, 7.8 seconds back. Russia's Alexander Loginov finished third with clean shooting, 14.6 seconds behind Boe.
In Friday's women's 7.5km sprint, Italy's Dorothea Wierer won her second consecutive sprint with a single prone penalty and a time of 21:26.5. Norway's Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold shot clean but finished second, 5.9 seconds back. Russia's Svetlana Mironova, with one penalty finished third with her first-ever World Cup podium, 18.3 seconds behind Wierer.
U.S. finishers were Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) in 66th, Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) in 71st, Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.) in 87th and Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) in 95th.
Before Doherty and Nordgren take to the course in Saturday's pursuit at 8:55 a.m. EST, the foursome of Reid, Dunklee, Egan and Dreissigacker will compete in the women's 4x6km relay starting at 5:30 a.m. EST.
Same-day television coverage can be seen on The Olympic Channel, with livestream coverage on NBC Sports Gold (https://www.nbcsports.com/gold/snow?utm_tags=goldsnow1065) and OlympicChannel.com (https://www.olympicchannel.com/en/events/detail/2019-ibu-world-cup-hochfilzen/).
Men's 10k sprint results
1. Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR) 25:07.8/+1
2. Simon Desthieux (FRA) +7.8/+1
3. Alexander Loginov (RUS) +14.6/+0
36. Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) +1:32.7/+1
44. Leif Nordgren (Hinesburg, Vt.) +1:40.8/+1
74. Alex Howe (Gilford, N.H.) +2:27.5/+2
99. Travis Cooper (Kenai, Alaska) +3:53.3/+3
Women's 7.5k sprint results
1. Dorothea Wierer (ITA) 21:26.5/+1
2. Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold (NOR) +5.9/+0
3. Svetlana Mironova (RUS) +18.3/+1
66. Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) +2:19.4/+2
71. Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) +2:24.4/+2
87. Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.) +3:10.7/+4
95. Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) +3:43.8/+6