Egan Sprints to 12th at Oslo World Cup

By Bill Kellick | March 21, 2019, 1:52 p.m. (ET)


In Oslo, Clare Egan came close to matching her career high in the sprint set two weeks ago (photo by NordicFocus)

OSLO, Norway (March 21, 2019) – Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) nearly tied a career best in the sprint with a 12th-place finish in Thursday's final BMW IBU World Cup of the season. She paced all three U.S. women in securing berths in Saturday's pursuit by placing in the top-60 of the 107-woman field. Egan's previous best in the 7.5-kilometer sprint was an 11th-place finish two weeks ago at the IBU World Championships in Ostersund, Sweden.

Egan cleaned from prone and had a single standing penalty to finish 54.6 seconds behind winner Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia.

"There is always a lot of opportunity at the end of the season when everyone is mentally and physically exhausted," said Egan. "I'm proud that I was able to take advantage of that even though I'm in the same boat."

The field also had to do battle with a familiar enemy...the wind at the range.

"The wind was inconsistent today," Egan added. "In the middle of my prone shooting I felt a gust of wind come in from the opposite direction. I had to wait that out but it was the smart move. For standing, I chose to shoot on one of the high points that is protected from the wind by a wall. It's a disadvantage for skiing because you have to break hard on the downhill approach to the range to land in those points, but it was a safer shoice for the wind and that paid off for me."

Joining Egan in Saturday's pursuit will be teammates Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) and Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.). Dunklee had single penalties in both shooting stages to finish 30th, 1:30.8 back, while Reid was 47th, 1:57.7 behind with two penalties in standing.

Egan was also pleased with what the U.S. trio was able to accomplish over the course of the season which saw all three score top-10 finishes along the way.

"Today marks the last competition of the Nations Cup and our women's team officially finished 13th, earning a fourth start spot for the upcoming season," she added. "It's a huge feat for us to be 13th despite only starting three women in the races this season. Shout out to Joanne who was the only one of us to qualify for every pursuit."

Kuzmina, the IBU sprint world champion, won the women's sprint with a single prone penalty in 19:56.1. Franziska Preuss of Germany shot clean and skied a fast last loop to claim second place, 21.2 seconds back. Kuzmina's teammate Paulina Fialkova also shot clean to take third place, 25.1 seconds behind.

Competition continues Friday with the men's 10km sprint featuring Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.), Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) and Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.). Live coverage begins at 11:15 a.m. EDT.

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Women's 7.5km sprint results

1.

Anastasiya Kuzmina (SVK)

19:56.2/+1

2.

Franziska Preuss (GER)

+21.2/+0

3.

Paulina Fialkova (SVK)

+25.1/+0

12.

Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

+54.6/+1

30. Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.)
+1:30.8/+2
47.
Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.)
+1:57.7/+2