Doherty 22nd in Oberhof Sprint

By Bill Kellick | Jan. 11, 2019, 10:41 a.m. (ET)


Sean Doherty skis through the falling snow during Friday's men's sprint (photo by NordicFocus)

OBERHOF, Germany (Jan. 11, 2019) – In his first race of the new year, Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) turned in a solid outing, placing 22nd in Friday's men's 10-kilometer sprint at the BMW IBU World Cup in Oberhof. With one penalty in prone and another in standing, Doherty crossed the line 1 minute, 58.4 seconds behind winner Alexander Loginov of Russia.

Racing in some fog, increasing light snow, sub-freezing temperatures and a tricky wind on the shooting range, Doherty was pleased with his opening performance of 2019, which qualified him for Saturday's 12.5km pursuit.

"I am happy to start the new year with a solid race here in the ever-challenging conditions in Oberhof," Doherty said. "Should be a fun one tomorrow with continued messy weather, so we will see what happens."

Teammate Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) fell just outside the top-60 qualifying window for tomorrow's pursuit, placing 63rd with three penalties, 3:09.1 back. Travis Cooper (Kenai, Alaska) was 94th, 4:42.1 back with four penalties.

Loginov shot clean in 25:50.9 for the first World Cup win of his career. Johannes Thingnes Boe of Norway, with a single standing penalty, finished second, 25.9 seconds back. Sweden's Sebastian Samuelsson notched his first career World Cup podium with clean shooting, 36.8 seconds behind Loginov.

Action from the BMW IBU World Cup in Oberhof continues on Saturday with Americans Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) and Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) both starting within 50 seconds of the leader in the women's 10km pursuit. The women's race begins at 6:45 a.m. ET, followed by Doherty in the men's 12.5km pursuit at 9:00 a.m. ET.

WAYS TO WATCH:
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Men’s 10km sprint results

1.

Alexander Loginov (RUS)

25:50.9/+0

2.

Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR)

+25.2/+1

3.

Sebastian Samuelsson (SWE)

+36.8/+0

22.

Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.)

+1:58.4/+2

63.

Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.)

+3:09.1/+3

94. Travis Cooper (Kenai, Alaska) +4:42.1/+4