U.S. Men Slice Through Oslo Fog to Qualify All Three for World Cup Pursuit

By Bill Kellick | March 22, 2019, 1:09 p.m. (ET)

Sean Doherty men's sprint Oslo
Sean Doherty appears out of the fog in Oslo during the men's sprint (photo by NordicFocus)

OSLO, Norway (March 22, 2019) – The U.S. men's team rose to the challenge Friday on a foggy afternoon in Oslo, placing all three starters in the top-60 of the men's sprint field to qualify for Saturday's pursuit race at the BMW IBU World Cup in Oslo. A whopping 113 starters took the course in the men's 10-kilometer sprint. The three American men's qualifiers matches the three qualifiers from Thursday's women's sprint to give the U.S. all six of its athletes in Saturday's pursuits.

Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) led the U.S. trio in 32nd place with two penalties, 1 minute, 39.6 seconds back of gold medalist Johannes Thingnes Boe of Norway.

"Today we had some fog blow in just in the closing minutes of zero. Props to the organizing committee and the IBU for letting us go for it," said Doherty. "It was pretty thick, but you just have to trust that the target is there and take a shot."

Doherty will be joined in Saturday's 12.5km men's pursuit by teammates Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.) and Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.). Brown crossed the line in 47th place, 2:10.6 back with three penalties, while Nordgren was 53rd with two penalties, 2:25.9 behind Boe.

For Boe, it was his eighth sprint victory of the season. He finished in 24:39.9 with a single penalty. Italy's Lukas Hofer was second with clean shooting, 31.7 seconds back, while France's Quentin Fillon Maillet also shot clean to place third, 35 seconds back of Boe.

Saturday's pursuit races will begin with the women's 10km event at 8:00 a.m. ET. Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) and Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.) will start for the U.S., followed by the men's 12.5km pursuit at 10:15 a.m. ET.

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Replay with commentary is also available thru www.eurovisionsports.tv/ibu.

Men's 10km sprint results

1.

Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR)

24:39.9/+1

2.

Lukas Hofer (ITA)

+31.7/+0

3.

Quentin Fillon Maillet (FRA)

+35.0/+0

32.

Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.)

+1:39.6/+2

47. Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.)
+2:10.6/+3
53.
Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.)
+2:25.9/+2