Egan 9th, Doherty 11th in Oslo Pursuits

By Bill Kellick | March 23, 2019, 1:06 p.m. (ET)

Clare Egan Oslo women's sprint
Clare Egan raced to the second-best finish of her career on Saturday in Oslo (photo by NordicFocus)

OSLO, Norway (March 23, 2019) – Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) turned in the second-best performances of their season, and of their careers, during Saturday's pursuit races at the BMW IBU World Cup in Oslo. Egan finished ninth in the women's 10-kilometer pursuit, while Doherty was 11th in the men's 12.5km event. Both Egan and Doherty are in the top-25 of the IBU World Cup standings, thereby qualifying for their respective mass start races on Sunday.

For Egan, who posted a career-high sixth place in the pursuit earlier this season at the World Cup in Pokljuka, Slovenia, she found herself in medal contention late in the women's pursuit. Entering the final standing shooting stage, Egan was among a group of five all within two seconds of each other and in contention for the bronze medal. Two penalties on that final stage would dash any medal hopes for Egan, but she finished strong, holding off World Cup leader Dorothea Wierer of Italy, among others, to secure the top-10 finish.

"I'm very happy with a top-10 finish today," said Egan. "There were a lot of good pieces...sixth-fastest ski time, one of my best shooting times, and two clean shooting stages. Of course, it's disappointing to miss on the last stage, but I'm glad I was able to put myself in podium contention once again. I'll try to learn from my mistakes today so I can have a stronger finish tomorrow."

Egan would finish with three total penalties, 2 minutes, 43.8 seconds off the lead. Also turning in a top-20 performance was Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) in 18th place, while Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.) finished 49th.

Slovakia's Anastasiya Kuzmina went wire-to-wire with clean shooting to win the women's pursuit in 28:25.9. She was 1:42.1 ahead of second-place Denise Herrmann of Germany and 2:01.1 ahead of Sweden's Hanna Oeberg who placed third.

Doherty nearly matched his career-best 10th place set in the pursuit last month at the World Cup in Soldier Hollow, Utah. He moved up 21 places from his 32nd start position thanks in large part to a single penalty in the second prone stage. Doherty's time was 1:38.3 off the winning time set by Norway's Johannes Thingnes Boe.

"I'm very happy with today's race," Doherty said. "As Qui-Gon Jinn once said, 'Your focus determines your reality.' Today, I stayed disciplined on the range and focused on my race and was able to move up. Now the mass start."

With three penalties and a time of 32:15.6, Boe won his 15th World Cup race of the season, eclipsing the previous record of 14 set by France's Martin Fourcade. His older brother, Tarjei, finished second with one penalty, 13.9 seconds back. Germany's Arnd Peiffer, also with one penalty, took third place, 18.2 seconds behind.

Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) and Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.) rounded out the U.S. efforts in 43rd and 48th place, respectively.

Sunday's women's 12.5km mass start begins at 8:45 a.m. ET, followed by the men's 15km mass start at 11:30 a.m. ET.

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Women's 10km pursuit results

1.

Anastasiya Kuzmina (SVK)

28:25.9/+0

2.

Denise Herrmann (GER)

+1:42.8/+2

3.

Hanna Oeberg (SWE)

+2:01.1/+1

9.

Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

+2:43.8/+3

18. Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.)
+3:37.1/+3
49.
Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.)
+6:08.2/+4

 

Men's 12.5km pursuit results

1.

Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR)

32:15.6/+3

2.

Tarjei Boe (NOR)

+13.9/+1

3.

Arnd Peiffer (GER)

+18.2/+1

11.

Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.)

+1:38.3/+1

43. Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.)
+4:22.7/+2
48.
Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.)
+5:13.6/+4