American Quartet 19th in Mixed Relay on Opening Day of World Championships

By Bill Kellick | March 07, 2019, 12:18 p.m. (ET)

Sean Doherty World Championship mixed relay
Sean Doherty gets into the tuck position during the mixed relay in Ostersund (photo by NordicFocus)

OSTERSUND, Sweden (March 7, 2019) – The U.S. team spent three quarters of Thursday's mixed relay in the top 10 before faltering late to finish 19th on the opening day of the 2019 IBU Biathlon World Championships in Ostersund. The foursome of Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.), Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) and Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) crossed the line 7 minutes, 21.2 seconds back, with three penalties and 13 spare rounds on the shooting range.

Dunklee had the second-fastest course time on the opening leg, but was set back by needing five spare rounds on the range. She tagged off in eighth place to Egan, 55.1 seconds off the lead. Egan was solid on the range, needing just three spare rounds before exchanging with Doherty for the third leg in 10th position, 1:34 behind.

Doherty cleaned all 10 targets and turned in the fourth-fastest range time for the third leg, moving the U.S. squad up to seventh place for the final exchange with Nordgren, 2:28 back. However, Nordgren experienced an off day on the course, needing five spares and incurring three penalties, which dropped the American team down in the standings.

"I am very happy with my execution on the range," said the clean-shooting Doherty. "Today we had a pretty soft course with snowfall throughout the day. It's a good sign to start off the week here. Tough to have it come undone at the end, but that's biathlon and there will be more races for redemption."

The Norwegian team of Marte Olsbu Roeiseland, Tiril Eckhoff, Johannes Thingnes Boe and Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen pulled away in the last two legs of the mixed relay to claim the gold medal with seven spares in 1:17:41.3. Germany, with nine spares, won the silver medal, 13.1 seconds back. Italy, with 14 spares, took the bronze medal, 1:09.6 behind Norway.

Competition continues Friday with the women's 7.5-kilometer sprint featuring Joanne Reid (Palo Alto, Calif.), Egan and Dunklee. Live coverage begins at 10:15 a.m. EST.

WAYS TO WATCH:

The live and same-day (SDD)  broadcast schedule for the March 7-17 IBU Biathlon World Championships is as follows:

Times all EST

Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA

3/7 10:15-11:45a (LIVE)

3/8 10:15-11:45a (LIVE)

3/9 10:30a-12p (LIVE)

3/10 8:45-9:45a (SDD), 11:30a-12:30p (LIVE)

3/12 10:30a-12:30p (LIVE)

3/13 11a-1p (LIVE)

3/14 12-1p (LIVE)

3/16 12:30-2:30p (SDD)

3/17 10-11a (SDD), 11a-12p (LIVE)

 

NBCSN:

3/7 4-5p (SDD)

3/8 1-2:30p (SDD)

3/13 4-5p (SDD)

3/14 1-2a (SDD)

3/17 1-2a (SDD)

 

In addition to these broadcast air times, streams will be available on all digital platforms: desktop via NBCSports.com/Gold, and mobile, tablet and connected television platforms via the NBC Sports app. Broadcast simulstreams will be available on NBCSports.com/live (http://stream.nbcsports.com/nbc/watch-olympic-channel) and the NBC Sports app (and do not require a Gold subscription to watch).

The NBC Sports Gold premium package will give paid subscribers commercial-free access to each event across the span of the competition. Users can subscribe to the NBC Sports Gold Snow Pass here:https://www.nbcsports.com/gold/snow.

Replay with commentary is also available thru www.eurovisionsports.tv/ibu.

Mixed Relay results

1.

Norway (Roeiseland, Eckhoff, J. Boe, Christiansen)

1:17:41.4/0+7

2.

Germany (Hinz, Herrmann, Peiffer, Doll)

+13.1/0+9

3.

Italy (Vittozzi, Wierer, Hofer, Windisch)

+1:09.6/0+14

19.

USA(Dunklee, Egan, Doherty, Nordgren)

+7:21.2/3+13