Brown and Doherty Qualify for World Cup Pursuit in Antholz

By Bill Kellick | Jan. 25, 2019, 2:25 p.m. (ET)


Sean Doherty competes in Friday's men's sprint in Antholz, Italy (photo by NordicFocus)

ANTHOLZ-ANTERSELVA, Italy (Jan. 25, 2019) – A career-best 40th-place finish in Friday's men's 10-kilometer sprint earned Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.) a berth in his first World Cup pursuit at the BMW IBU World Cup in Antholz. Brown bettered his previous best of 47th place set last week at the World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany. He had a single prone penalty and stopped the clock 1 minute, 42.4 seconds behind winner Johannes Thingnes Boe of Norway.

"The techs gave me ripping fast skis today and, although I was shaky for the last standing, all the targets went down," said Brown. "That energized me for the last loop...that and the coaches yelling splits at me out on the course. I could hear my parents out there, too. That was special for me."

Brown will be joined in tomorrow's 12.5km pursuit by teammate Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.). Three penalties on the shooting range bumped Doherty to 55th overall but he still managed to slip under the top-60 cutoff for the pursuit. He was 2:06.2 off the pace.

Max Durtschi (Ketchum, Idaho) also turned in a career-best in Friday's sprint, placing just outside of the pursuit qualification in 62nd. Durtschi had a single penalty in standing and was 2:13.8 behind Boe. Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.), with three penalties, finished 73rd, 2:43.1 back.

Boe claimed his tenth victory of the season with a single penalty in standing to finish in 23:53.9. Norwegian teammate Erlend Bjoentegaard shot clean to place second, 17.5 seconds back. Antonin Guigonnat of France, with one penalty, finished third, 20.2 seconds behind Boe.

The U.S. will have four athletes competing in Saturday's pursuit races. Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Joanne Reid (Palo Alto, Calif.) will line up for the women's 10km pursuit at 7:30 a.m. ET, followed by Brown and Doherty in the men's 12.5km competition at 9:30 a.m. ET.

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Men’s 10km sprint results

1.

Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR)

23:53.9/+1

2.

Erlend Bjoentegaard (NOR)

+17.5/+0

3.

Antonin Guigonnat (FRA)

+20.2/+1

40.

Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.)

+1:42.4/+1

55.

Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.)

+2:06.2/+3

62.
Max Durtschi (Ketchum, Idaho)
+2:13.8/+1
73.
Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) +2:43.1/+3