Strong Finish Propels Egan to 15th in Mass Start

By Bill Kellick | Jan. 27, 2019, 11:01 a.m. (ET)


Clare Egan had the second-best mass start of her career on Sunday in Antholz (photo by NordicFocus)

ANTHOLZ-ANTERSELVA, Italy (Jan. 27, 2019) – After missing two targets in the opening prone shooting stage, Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) regrouped to clean her last 15 targets and finish 15th in Sunday's women's 12.5-kilometer mass start on the final day of the BMW IBU World Cup in Antholz. It marked the second-best mass start finish of her career, runner-up only to a 14th-place finish on Dec. 23 in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic.

With those two penalties in her first trip to the range, Egan found herself in 29th place in the 30-woman field. She moved up four places with each successive clean round and then passed two more competitors after the final shooting stage in the sprint to the finish, spurred on by the second-fastest time in the field over the final lap. Egan crossed the line 1 minute, 5.8 seconds off the pace.

"After missing two in the first stage, I found myself in second-to-last; not what I had planned for today's mass start," said Egan. "Once you lose the draft of the rest of the field, it's extremely hard to come back. I'm very proud that I made the best of the situation by finishing the rest of the race with three times clean shooting and the second-fastest last loop. I never gave up. I left the range for the last loop in 17th and pulled myself up to 15 for that last prize money spot. After struggling with standing shooting for the last few weeks, it was great to be free of standing penalties today. This was my best weekend yet for biathlon results, with 3 top-25s. It's just one more reason to love Antholz. Now I'm traveling home for six days of eating and sleeping before our next tour in North America."

Germany's Laura Dahlmeier won the women's mass start with one penalty in 35:32.8. Marketa Davidova of Czech Republic finished second, also with a single penalty, 13.1 seconds back. Dahlmeier's teammate, Vanessa Hinz, was third with one penalty, 16.4 seconds behind.

The BMW IBU World Cup circuit now moves to North American for races in Canmore, Canada (Feb. 7-10), and Salt Lake City, Utah (Feb. 14-17).

WAYS TO WATCH:
Fans can watch a same-day replay of World Cup races on the Olympic Channel (check your local listings). Replay with commentary is also available thru www.eurovisionsports.tv/ibu.

Women’s 12.5km mass start results

1.

Laura Dahlmeier (GER)

35:32.8/+1

2.

Marketa Davidova (CZE)

+13.1/+1

3.

Vanessa Hinz (GER)

+16.4/+1

15.

Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

+1:05.8/+2