Egan Moves Up To 29th In World Cup Pursuit

By Bill Kellick | Dec. 21, 2019, 11:36 a.m. (ET)


Clare Egan (#42) skis in the pack during the women's pursuit at the BMW IBU World Cup in Annecy Le Grand Bornand, France, on Dec. 21. (photo by Evgeny Tumashov/IBU)

ANNECY LE GRAND BORNAND, France (Dec. 21, 2019) – Moving up from her 42nd-place start position, Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) finished 29th in Saturday's women's 10-kilometer pursuit at the BMW IBU World Cup in Annecy Le Grand Bornand. Egan went a perfect 10-for-10 from prone and had one penalty in both of the standing stages to register her best finish of the season. Her time was 2 minutes and 53 seconds behind winner Tiril Eckhoff of Norway.

"I'm really happy to end the first trimester with a good race," said Egan. "It gives me even more motivation to train hard over the break so I can come back in January and go for the podium."

Eckhoff, with two penalties, was unchallenged in a wire-to-wire victory, crossing the finish line in 29:41.6. It was her third consecutive win over the weekend in France. Eckhoff's teammate, Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold, also with two penalties, finished second, 38.1 seconds back. Switzerland's Lena Haecki finished third with her first-ever World Cup podium, 46 seconds behind Eckhoff with two penalties.

American Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.) was 54th with six penalties, 5:33 back.

Earlier in the day, Leif Nordgren (Hinesburg, Vt.) placed 48th in the men's 12.5km pursuit, with four penalties and 4:36.3 off the pace. Teammate  Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) finished 54th, 5:06 back with five penalties.

Norway's Johannes Thingnes Boe prevailed in the men's pursuit with a fast last loop to finish first in 30:07.8 with one penalty. France's Quentin Fillon Maillet placed second with clean shooting, 22 seconds back, while Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen of Norway claimed third place with one penalty, 1:00 behind Boe.

Elsewhere, in IBU Cup competition in Obertilliach, Austria, the American duo of Maddie Phaneuf (Old Forge, N.Y.) and Travis Cooper (Kenai, Alaska) placed 16th in the single mixed relay. The mixed relay scheduled for later in the day was canceled due to electricity issues in the stadium.

Following the holiday break, biathlon competition resumes on Jan. 9 with the BMW IBU World Cup in Oberhof, Germany, the IBU Cup on Jan. 10 in Brezno-Osrblie, Slovakia, and the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Jan. 11.

For FULL broadcast coverage of this week's BMW IBU World Cup, check the listing at the top of the U.S. Biathlon Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Biathlon.TeamUSA.

BMW IBU World Cup Women’s 10km pursuit results (Annecy Le Grand Bornand, France)

1.

Tiril Eckhoff (NOR)

29:41.6/+2

2.

Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold (NOR)

+38.1/+2

3.

Lena Haeki (SUI)

+46.0/+2

29.

Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

+2:53.0/+2

54. Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.) +5:33.4/+6

 

BMW IBU World Cup Men’s 12.5km pursuit results (Annecy Le Grand Bornand, France)

1.

Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR)

30:07.8/+1

2.

Quentin Fillon Maillet (FRA)

+22.0/+0

3.

Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen (NOR)

+1:00.0/+1

48.

Leif Nordgren (Hinesburg, Vt.))

+4:36.3/+4

54. Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) +5:06.0/+5