Doherty, Nordgren and Brown Qualify for World Championship Pursuit

By Bill Kellick | March 09, 2019, 10:22 a.m. (ET)

Sean Doherty World Championships
Sean Doherty was perfect on the range in Saturday's men's sprint in Ostersund (photo by NordicFocus)

OSTERSUND, Sweden (March 9, 2019) – A day after the U.S. women's team qualified three athletes for Sunday's IBU Biathlon World Championship pursuit races, the U.S. men's team matched their performance. Clean shooting on the range in Saturday's men's 10-kilometer sprint propelled Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) and Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) into  tomorrow's pursuit race along with teammate and world championship rookie Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.).

Doherty finished in 22nd place, 1 minute 32.1 seconds off the winning pace, while Nordgren came in 34th, 1:51.5 back. Brown cleaned from the prone position and then overcame three misses in standing to slip under the top-60 cutoff in 58th place, 2:41 behind.

For Doherty, it was a career-best finish at a world championships, this year's edition being his fourth. His previous best finish was 34th in the individual in 2016. For Nordgren, it was a nice recovery from a shaky anchor leg in Thursday's mixed relay that saw him incur three penalties and use five spares on the range.

"I am very happy to continue my good shooting groove," said Doherty. "We had great skis to go along with the shooting today, so all the pieces were there for a strong performance. It will be exciting in the pursuit. I always enjoy starting in the thick of the action."

Norway's Johannes Thingnes Boe took the men's sprint victory in 24:37.6, with one penalty. Second place went to Russia's Alexander Loginov, with clean shooting, 13.7 seconds back. France's Quentin Fillon Maillet also shot clean to claim the bronze medal, 16.5 seconds behind Boe.

The pursuit races take center stage on Sunday in Ostersund. The women's 10km pursuit, featuring three Americans...Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.) and Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.)...begins at 8:45 a.m. EDT, followed by the men's 12.5km pursuit at 11:30 a.m. EDT, featuring Doherty, Nordgren and Brown.

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.

Men's 7.5km sprint results

1.

Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR)

24:37.6/+1

2.

Alexander Loginov (RUS)

+13.7/+0

3.

Quentin Fillon Maillet (FRA)

+16.5/+0

22.

Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.)

+1:32.1/+0

34. Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.)
+1:51.5/+0
58.
Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.)
+2:41.0/+3
93.
Max Durtschi (Ketchum, Idaho)
+4:10.8/+4