Dunklee Guts Out Silver Medal at World Championships

By Bill Kellick | Feb. 14, 2020, 11:14 a.m. (ET)


Susan Dunklee reacts to her silver medal at the IBU World Championships on Feb. 14, 2020 (photo by NordicFocus)

ANTHOLZ-ANTERSELVA, Italy (Feb. 14, 2020) – A day after turning 34...and wearing bib #34...Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) won the silver medal in the women's 7.5-kilometer sprint at the IBU World Championships. Dunklee turned in a gritty performance at the high-altitude course in Antholz to capture her second world championship silver medal. She is still the only U.S. woman to win an individual medal at a world championships.

"I think there are 20 or 30 people, on any given day, who can be on the podium," said Dunklee at the post-race press conference. "You never know when it's going to be you so you always have to just believe and put yourself in contention."

Dunklee has yet to miss a target through the first two days of the world championships. She cleaned all 10 targets in Thursday's mixed relay and repeated that performance in Friday's sprint. She was one of only four women to clean all 10 targets in Friday's race and left the range after the final standing stage with a 12.9 second lead over leader Marte Olsbu Roeiseland of Norway. It was then that Dunklee's grittiness shone through. With the high-altitude air sapping her strength over the finishing stretch, she dug deep into her reserves to preserve a spot on the podium, 6.8 seconds behind Roeiseland.

"I gave it everything I had and that's all I can do," Dunklee said.

Roeiseland had one standing penalty to win her first-ever individual world championship medal in 21:13.1. Lucie Charvatova of Czech Republic, with one penalty, also raced to her first individual world championship medal, taking the bronze medal, 21.3 seconds back.

Also qualifying for Sunday's pursuit race by virtue of a top-60 finish was Dunklee's teammate Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) finished 26th with two penalties, 1:12.6 back of Roeiseland. Other Americans in Friday's sprint were Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.) in 62nd and Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) in 73rd.

The IBU World Championships continues Saturday with the men's 10km sprint, featuring Americans Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.), Leif Nordgren (Hinesburg, Vt.), Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.) and Paul Schommer (Appleton, Wis.)

The race will be shown live on the Olympic Channel beginning at 8:45 a.m. EST.

To download the FULL broadcast coverage of this week's BMW IBU World Championships, CLICK HERE.

 
Women’s 7.5km sprint results

1.

Marte Olsbu Roeiseland (NOR)

21:13.1/+1

2.

Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.)

+6.8/+0

3.

Lucie Charvatova (CZE)

+21.3/+1

26.

Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

+1:12.6/+2

62. Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.) +2:13.2/+2
73. Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) +2:52.8/+2