Dunklee Leads U.S. in 15km Individual; Reid and Egan Qualify for Mass Start

By Bill Kellick | March 12, 2019, 1:48 p.m. (ET)

Susan Dunklee women's individual
Susan Dunklee races to a 30th-place finish in Tuesday's 15-kilometer women's individual race (photo by NordicFocus)

OSTERSUND, Sweden (March 12, 2019) – Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) topped the U.S. team's effort with a 30th-place finish in Tuesday's women's 15-kilometer individual race at the IBU Biathlon World Championships in Ostersund. The race also propelled Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.) and Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) into Sunday's 30-woman mass start race by virtue of their points accumulated through the first three individual races of the week. For Reid it will mark her first career mass start race.

Temperatures just below freezing and moderately strong winds on the shooting range set the stage for the late afternoon race on Ostersund's challenging tracks.

"After several races in blizzard conditions, Ostersund treated us to a sunny gem of a day," said Dunklee who had three penalties on the shooting range. "We still had tricky, changing winds though. On the range, I took a little extra time than normal because I was monitoring the wind flags between shots. The highlight of the day was hearing after the race that Joanne earned a spot in her first mass start."

Dunklee's time was 3 minutes, 55.1 seconds off the winning time set by Sweden's Hanna Oeberg. Reid was close behind Dunklee in 32nd position, 4:11.7 back and also with three penalties on the range. Egan, with five penalties, placed 53rd, 5:36.8 off the pace.

For Sweden's hometown girl Oeberg, it was her first IBU World Championship gold medal as she shot clean to cross the line in 43:10.4. Italy's Lisa Vittozzi won her first individual world championship medal by taking the silver, also shooting clean, 23.6 seconds back. Justine Braisaz of France, with one penalty, won the bronze medal, 32.5 seconds behind Oeberg.

The men's 20km individual race will take center stage on Wednesday at the IBU Biathlon World Championships. The American team will send Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.), Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.), Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) and Alex Howe (Gilford, N.H.) to the starting line beginning at 11:10 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 15km individual results

1.

Hanna Oeberg (SWE)

43:10.4/+0

2.

Lisa Vittozzi (ITA)

+23.6/+0

3.

Justine Braisaz (FRA)

+32.5/+1

30.

Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.)

+3:55.1/+3

32. Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.)
+4:11.7/+3
53.
Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)
+5:36.8/+5