Top-20 Pursuit Finishes for Egan and Doherty at World Championships

By Bill Kellick | March 10, 2019, 11 a.m. (ET)

Clare Egan World Championship pursuit 2019
Clare Egan (r) bolts from the start in front of Dorothea Wierer, Tiril Eckhoff and Kaisa Makarainen (photo by NordicFocus)

OSTERSUND, Sweden (March 10, 2019) – Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) continued their week of solid performances on Sunday with top-20 finishes in their respective pursuit races at the IBU Biathlon World Championships in Ostersund. Egan battled to a 12th-place finish in the women's 10-kilometer pursuit, the fourth-highest result of her career, while Doherty turned in his best performance at a world championship with a 20th-place effort in the men's 12.5km pursuit.

The women's pursuit saw a stiff wind blowing throughout the competition, resulting in no one in the field of 55 starters going clean on the shooting range. Egan sandwiched clean rounds between two penalties in her opening prone stage and three in the final standing stage. Her time was 2 minutes, 44.3 seconds off the winning pace.

"Today we had really tricky conditions for shooting, with pretty strong wind gusts and a random blizzard," said Egan. "I got caught in the wind for my last three shots and missed them all which was, of course, a big letdown. Maybe I should have waited, but that's a gamble because you never know if the wind will stop, or if you will eventually miss anyway. Other than that, I managed the conditions pretty well."

Egan also had to wrestle with the fact her final placement could have been even higher after she inadvertently skied a penalty loop following a clean second prone.

"Unfortunately, I skied an extra penalty loop after my second prone because the last target fell so slowly that when I looked up after shooting it was still black. I learned my lesson to double-check my target when leaving the range. I really should have been 10th today."

Germany's Denise Herrmann used fast skis and a clean last standing to secure the women's pursuit gold medal in 31:45.9. The two-penalty victory was the fourth of her career, three of them coming at Ostersund. Tiril Eckhoff of Norway outsprinted Germany's Laura Dahlmeier to take the silver medal, while the German won her second bronze medal of the week. Eckhoff, with two penalties, finished 31.4 seconds back, just .2 seconds ahead of Dahlmeier who missed only one target on the windy day.

Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) also had a solid day in the challenging weather conditions, moving up 29 places in the field to finish 24th, with three penalties, 3:27.6 back of Herrmann. Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.), with six penalties, was 32nd, 4:24.2 behind.

"As a team, we had a great day with three women in the top 32," added Egan. "Thanks to our wax team for another stellar job. We are looking forward to another chance in Tuesday's individual."

A day after posting his best world championship finish of 22nd in the men's sprint, Doherty bested that effort with his 20th-place effort in the pursuit. Doherty had just two penalties on the range...one in prone and one in standing...to finish 1:54.3 off the lead.

"I'm proud of how hard I fought today," Doherty said. "There was a lot of opportunities on the shooting range today and I am happy I was able to take advantage. Now to recharge for a bit and attack week two."

The surprise victor in the men's pursuit was Ukraine's Dmytro Pidruchnyi, winning in 31:54.1 with two penalties. It was the first podium of his career at the World Cup level. Norway's Johannes Thingnes Boe, with five penalties, won the silver medal, 8.3 seconds back. Quentin Fillon Maillet of France won his second bronze medal in as many days, with three penalties, 17.7 seconds behind Pidruchnyi.

Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) went clean in prone but had four penalties in standing to finish 44th, 4:02.7 back, while Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.) placed 53rd with seven penalties, 6:00.8 back.

After a rest day on Monday, the IBU Biathlon World Championships resume Tuesday with the women's 15km individual starting at 10:30 a.m. EDT.

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.

Women's 10km pursuit results

1.

Denise Herrmann (GER)

31:45.9/+2

2.

Tiril Eckhoff (NOR)

+31.4/+2

3.

Laura Dahlmeier (GER)

+31.6/+1

12.

Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

+2:44.3/+5

24. Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.)
+3:27.6/+3
32.
Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.)
+4:24.2/+6

Men's 12.5km pursuit results

1.

Dmytro Pidruchnyi (UKR)

31:54.1/+2

2.

Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR)

+8.3/+5

3.

Quentin Fillon Maillet (FRA)

+17.7/+3

20.

Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.)

+1:54.3/+2

44. Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.)
+4:02.7/+4
53.
Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.)
+6:00.8/+7