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U.S. Opens Worlds 13th in Mixed Relay

By Bill Kellick | Feb. 13, 2020, 11:33 a.m. (ET)


Susan Dunklee races the opening leg of the mixed relay in Antholz, Italy, on Feb. 13. (photo by NordicFocus)

ANTHOLZ-ANTERSELVA, Italy (Feb. 13, 2020) – The 2020 IBU World Championships kicked off Thursday with the mixed relay on a beautiful afternoon at the Sudtirol Arena in Antholz. The U.S. team improved upon last year's 19th-place finish with a 13th-place effort today. The quartet of Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.), Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Leif Nordgren (Hinesburg, Vt.) and Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) had no penalties and used nine spare rounds to finish 2 minutes, 46.1 seconds back of the winning team from Norway.

Dunklee got the American squad off to a great start cleaning from prone to leave the range in second place, less than a second behind leader Lisa Theresa Hauser of Austria. Dunklee kept up the strong shooting as she also cleaned the standing stage and made the first exchange to Egan with the U.S. in ninth place, 31.2 seconds off the pace.

"It feels great to clean a race," Dunklee said. "That was my best shooting performance of the year. I'm a little frustrated that my skiing form felt flat but there will be more opportunities. As a team, we were hoping for a top-10 but we put together a respectable result to kick off these championships."

Egan, Nordgren and Doherty needed three spare rounds apiece during their respective shooting stages. Doherty moved the team up two spots on the final leg to secure the 13th-place finish.

The gold medal Norwegian team of Marte Olsbu Roeiseland, Tiril Eckhoff, and brothers Tarjei and Johannes Thingnes Boe used seven spare rounds to win the mixed relay in 1:02:27.7. The silver medal went to the Italian home team with six spares, 15.6 seconds back. The Czech Republic won the bronze medal, using just two spare rounds, 30.8 seconds behind Norway.

Competition continues on Friday with the women's 7.5-kilometer sprint. Egan and Dunklee will be back in action for Team USA along with Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.) and Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.). The race will be shown live on the Olympic Channel beginning at 8:45 a.m. EST.

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Mixed 4x7.5km relay results

1.

Norway (Roeiseland, Eckhoff, T. Boe, J. Boe)

1:02:27.7/0+7

2.

Italy (Vittozzi, Wierer, Hofer, Windisch)

+15.6/0+6

3.

Czech Republic (Kristejn Puskarcikova, Davidova, Moravec, Krcmar)

+30.8/0+2

13.

USA (Dunklee, Egan, Nordgren, Doherty)

+2:46.1/0+9

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