Inaugural Single Mixed Relay at World Championships Sees U.S. Finish 13th

By Bill Kellick | March 14, 2019, 1:50 p.m. (ET)

Susan Dunklee single mixed relay
Susan Dunklee leads a group during the single mixed relay in Ostersund (photo by NordicFocus)

OSTERSUND, Sweden (March 14, 2019) – The American team of Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) and Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) finished 13th on Thursday in the first-ever single mixed relay event held at an IBU World Championships. Twenty-nine teams were on the starting line for this inaugural event and they were greeted by virtually windless conditions on the usually breezy Ostersund course.

Dunklee got the U.S. duo off to a fast start with clean rounds from both prone and standing on her opening leg and tagged off to Doherty in seventh place at the first exchange. Doherty was a bit shaky on his first leg, incurring a penalty in prone and needing two spare rounds in standing. That bumped the team down to 17th position as he exchanged with Dunklee at the halfway point.

On her second leg, Dunklee once again cleaned from prone but needed two spares in standing, moving up to 14th place at the final exchange. Whatever jitters Doherty experienced on his opening leg were long gone by his anchor leg as he cleaned all 10 targets to cross the line in 13th place, 1 minute, 47.9 seconds back of gold medalist Norway.

"The single mixed relay is one of the most thrilling formats to race," said Dunklee. "I like the challenge of pushing to the limit with sprinting and speed shooting. Sean and I both had a lot of fun out there today and look forward to more relay action Saturday."

The Norwegian team of Johannes Thingnes Boe and Marte Olsbu Roeiseland took the win with six spare rounds and a time of 35:43.2. Italy's Lukas Hofer and Dorothea Wierer were 13.4 seconds back, with five spares, to win the silver medal. The bronze medal went to Sweden's Hanna Oeberg and Sebastian Samuelsson, using eight spares, 20 seconds behind Norway.

Following an off-day on Friday, the IBU World Championships resume with the men's and women's relays on Saturday. The women's 4x6-kilometer relay kicks things off at 8:15 a.m. EDT, followed by the men's 4x7.5km relay at 11:30 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.

Single mixed relay results

1.

Norway (Roeiseland, J. Boe)

35:43.2/0+6

2.

Italy (Wierer, Hofer)

+13.4/0+5

3.

Sweden (Oeberg, Samuelsson)

+20.0/0+8

13.

USA (Dunklee, Doherty)

+1:47.9/1+7