Egan, Reid Race Into Antholz Pursuit

By Bill Kellick | Jan. 24, 2019, 2:05 p.m. (ET)


Clare Egan races to a 22nd-place finish in Thursday's women's sprint in Antholz, Italy (photo by NordicFocus)

ANTHOLZ-ANTERSELVA, Italy (Jan. 24, 2019) – Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Joanne Reid (Palo Alto, Calif.) both raced to top-30 finishes in the women's 7.5-kilometer sprint during Thursday's opening day of the BMW IBU World Cup in Antholz. Both athletes are now qualified for Saturday's 10km pursuit.

Egan cleaned from prone and had two penalties in standing to finish 22nd, 56.7 seconds behind winner Marketa Davidova of the Czech Republic.

"I'm so grateful for every chance I get to compete at the World Cup in Antholz. Racing here is a joy," said Egan. "I'm satisfied with my performance even though standing shooting continues to challenge me. My prone shooting and skiing are both exactly where they need to be and I'm confident that I can put all the pieces together soon. I'll have another shot already on Saturday."

Reid had the first clean shooting of the year for the U.S. women at a World Cup event and she was rewarded with a personal best finish in the sprint of 29th place, 1:12 off the pace.

"It always feels great to go by the penalty lap and not go in," Reid said. "I think the last races of the World Cup period are always a hard one and really test mental fortitude."

Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) finished just outside the top-60 cutoff for pursuit qualification in 66th place. She had four penalties on the range, two in prone and two in standing, to finish 2:31 behind Davidova.

The clean-shooting Davidova notched the first World Cup victory of her career in 21:40.7. Second place went to Finland's Kaisa Makarainen, with one penalty, 1.7 seconds back. Norway's Marte Olsbu Roeiseland, also with one penalty, finished third, 3.5 seconds behind Davidova.

The BMW IBU World Cup from Antholz continues on Friday with the men's 10km sprint beginning at 8:30 a.m ET. The race will feature Americans Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.), Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.), Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.) and Max Durtshi (Ketchum, Idaho).

WAYS TO WATCH:
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Women’s 7.5km sprint results

1.

Marketa Davidova (CZE)

21:40.7/+0

2.

Kaisa Makarainen (FIN)

+1.7/+1

3.

Marte Olsbu Roeiseland (NOR)

+3.5/+1

22.

Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

+56.7/+2

29.

Joanne Reid (Palo Alto, Calif.)

+1:12.4/+0

66.
Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.)
+2:31.0/+4