Doherty Posts Career-Best 10th in Soldier Hollow Pursuit

By Bill Kellick | Feb. 16, 2019, 1:14 p.m. (ET)


Sean Doherty is all smiles after a career-best 10th place on Saturday in Soldier Hollow (photo by NordicFocus)

SOLIDER HOLLOW, Utah (Feb. 16, 2019) – It's official. Sean Doherty loves home cooking. With a career-best 10th place in Saturday's men's 12.5-kilometer pursuit at the BMW IBU World Cup at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center, the Center Conway, N.H., native has now posted three of his top four career finishes on U.S. soil, including two this week. Just yesterday, Doherty placed 14th in men's sprint to set himself up for a career performance today.

'I am very happy to crack that top-10 barrier today," said Doherty. "Conditions were tough but we had great skis, which was huge."

For the day, Doherty posted the fifth-fastest shooting time and sixth-best range time. After a clean opening prone stage, Doherty missed three targets in the second prone stage. Instead of collapsing, the seasoned 23-year-old regrouped and cleaned all 10 targets in standing to secure his first top-10 World Cup finish.

"After that little mishap in prone I remembered one of my favorite sayings...'all the greats have short memory'...and refocused for standing. A big thanks to the home crowd for the big push on the last lap."

Doherty's time was 2 minutes, 22.8 seconds behind winner Quentin Fillon Maillet of France who shot clean to post the winning time of 30:55.8. Norway's Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen was 25.9 seconds back with one penalty. Simon Desthieux of France, with three penalties, finished third, 47.3 seconds back of Fillon Maillet.

In the women's 10km pursuit held earlier in the day, Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) and Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) finished within a second of each other in 26th and 27th, respectively. Dunklee was clean through her first three shooting stages and had just one miss in the final standing stage to cross the line 2:34.5 behind winner Denise Herrmann of Germany. Egan, with three penalties, all in standing, was 2:34.9 off the pace. Joanne Reid (Palo Alto, Calif.) came in 40th with two penalties, one in prone and one in standing, 4:11.9 back.

"The shooting felt stable and controlled," said Dunklee. "I love exiting with a clean stage while athletes who came in ahead of me are still on the mat. The crowd was great today. The hill out of the stadium had loud spectators on both sides. It was like skiing through a tunnel of sound. We put three women in the (World Cup) points. Next stop...world championships...so watch out."

Herrmann had two penalties herself but pulled away in the final 600 meters of the women's pursuit to claim the victory in 28:03.4. She finished 4.2 seconds ahead of her teammate, Franziska Hildebrand who had one penalty. Third place went to Finland's Kaisa Makarainen, with three penalties, 16.5 seconds behind Herrmann.

The BMW IBU World Cup from Soldier Hollow concludes on Sunday with the single mixed relay starting things off at 12:10 p.m. ET, followed by the mixed relay at 4:05 p.m. ET.

WAYS TO WATCH:
Fans can watch live coverage of the World Cup races from Soldier Hollow on NBCSN and the Olympic Channel (check your local listings).

There will be live streaming coverage each day on NBC Sports Gold and OlympicChannel.com, as well as simulstreams of the Olympic Channel and NBCSN broadcasts.

Streams will be available on all digital platforms: desktop via NBCSports.com/Gold, and mobile, tablet and connected television platforms via the NBC Sports Gold app.

They will also be available on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app. Broadcast simulstreams will be available on NBCSports.com/live or the NBC Sports app (and do not require a Gold subscription to watch).

The NBC Sports Gold premium package will give paid subscribers commercial-free access to each event across the span of the competition. Users can subscribe to the NBC Sports Gold Snow Pass here: https://www.nbcsports.com/gold/snow.

Replay with commentary is also available thru www.eurovisionsports.tv/ibu.

Men’s 12.5km pursuit results

1.

Quentin Fillon Maillet (FRA)

30:55.8/+0

2.

Vetle Sjaastad Christiensen (NOR)

+25.9/+1

3.

Simon Desthieux (FRA)

+47.3/+3

10.

Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.)

+2:22.8/+3


Women’s 10km pursuit results

1.

Denise Herrmann (GER)

28:03.4/+2

2.

Franziska Hildebrand (GER)

+4.2/+1

3.

Kaisa Makarainen (FIN)

+16.5/+3

26.

Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.)

+2:34.5/+1

27.

Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

+2:34.9/+3

40.
Joanne Reid (Palo Alto, Calif.)
+4:11.9/+2