Egan 11th in Antholz World Cup Pursuit

By Bill Kellick | Jan. 26, 2019, 9:55 a.m. (ET)


Clare Egan competes in the women's pursuit on Saturday in Antholz, Italy (photo by NordicFocus)

ANTHOLZ-ANTERSELVA, Italy (Jan. 26, 2019) – Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) raced to the second-best performance of the season and of her career on Saturday in the women's 10-kilometer pursuit at the BMW IBU World Cup in Antholz. She hit 18 of 20 targets on the shooting range to move up 11 places from her starting position and finish 11th overall, 1 minute, 31.9 seconds off the winning pace.

"I'm really happy with my race today," Egan said. "The wind and altitude are always a challenge here, but I took my time on the range and capitalized on the fast glide of my skis to save energy on course. I made a costly mistake on my last shot but still came away with my second-best career result. I'll take what I learned from today and go for it again tomorrow in the mass start. I can't wait."

Teammate Joanne Reid (Palo Alto, Calif.) also had a banner day finishing 29th for the best pursuit finish of her career. Reid had two clean shooting stages sandwiched between a miss in prone and two misses in standing. Her time was 2:55.2 off the lead.

Italy's Dorothea Wierer picked up her first-ever home-stadium victory on Saturday, winning the women's pursuit with two penalties in 29:20.1. Laura Dahlmeier of Germany, with one penalty, finished second, six seconds back. Wierer's teammate, Lisa Vittozzi, with two penalties, was third, 16.2 seconds behind.

In the men's 12.5km pursuit, Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) had six penalties on the range to place 47th, while teammate Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.), competing in his first career World Cup pursuit race, was lapped before he could finish.

Norway's Johannes Thingnes Boe won the men's pursuit with three penalties in 31:44.7 for his 11th victory of the season. Antonin Guigonnat of France, with one penalty was second, 34.8 seconds back. Another Frenchman, Quentin Fillon Maillet finished third with two penalties, 40.6 seconds behind Boe.

Egan, ranked 21st in the World Cup standings, will now go toe-to-toe with the world's premier biathletes on Sunday as the 30-woman 12.5km mass start takes place on the final day of the BMW IBU World Cup from Antholz. The race begins at 6:45 a.m. ET.

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Women’s 10km pursuit results

1.

Dorothea Wierer (ITA)

29:20.1/+2

2.

Laura Dahlmeier (GER)

+6.0/+1

3.

Lisa Vittozzi (ITA)

+16.2/+2

11.

Clare Egan(Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

+1:31.9/+2

29. Joanne Reid(Palo Alto, Calif.)
+2:55.2/+3


Men’s 12.5km pursuit results

1.

Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR)

31:33.7/+3

2.

Antonin Guigonnat (FRA)

+34.8/+1

3.

Quentin Fillon Maillet (FRA)

+40.6/+2

47.

Sean Doherty(Center Conway, N.H.)

+4:39.1/+6

LPD Jake Brown(Saint Paul, Minn.)