US Biathlon Dunklee 36th in Worl...

Dunklee 36th in World Championship Pursuit

By Bill Kellick | Feb. 16, 2020, 9:38 a.m. (ET)

Susan Dunklee races in the women's pursuit at the IBU World Championships on Feb. 16, 2020 (photo by NordicFocus)

ANTHOLZ-ANTERSELVA, Italy (Feb. 16, 2020) – American Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) held the lead after the first prone shooting stage in Sunday's women's 10-kilometer pursuit, but faltered late in the race to finish 36th at the IBU World Championships in Antholz. 

Dunklee, the silver medalist in Friday's 7,5km sprint, started Sunday's pursuit seven seconds behind leader Marte Olsbu Roeiseland of Norway. The two came into the first prone shooting stage together and with Roeiseland missing a target and Dunklee shooting clean, Dunklee exited the range with a 10.7-second lead. It also meant Dunklee had cleaned all 25 targets she faced in the world championships up to that point.

Dunklee maintained her lead as she entered the second prone stage along with Italy's Dorothea Wierer and Roeiseland, but after missing her first target of the week, Dunklee slipped to fifth place. Clean shooting at the opening standing stage put Dunklee back into podium contention in fourth place, just nine seconds back of third-place Denise Herrmann of Germany.

Having hit 34 of her first 35 targets on the week, Dunklee entered the final standing stage in fourth place. However, five penalties in her final trip to the range dropped Dunklee all the way down to 36th place at the finish, 2 minutes, 42.4 seconds behind gold medalist Wierer, who had a lone penalty in her final standing stage. Herrmann finished second with three penalties, 9.5 seconds back, while Roeiseland hung on for the bronze medal, 13.8 seconds behind Wierer, also with three penalties. Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) finished 46th, 3:17.8 back with six penalties.

"I had a huge opportunity today and I was ready to take advantage of it," said Dunklee. "I executed my plan exactly the way I wanted to. My standing shots during the last stage were in a tight group but unfortunately they landed just left of the target. This sport humbles every athlete and today was one of those days for me. I'm super proud of how this championships is going and I look forward to the individual."

In the men's 12.5km pursuit held later in the day, France's Emilien Jacquelin used clean shooting to edge Norway's Johanne Thingnes Boe by 0.4 seconds to secure his first career IBU World Championships medal. Boe had two penalties, while Russia's Alexander Loginov took home the bronze medal with one penalty, 23.9 seconds behind Jacquelin. American Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) placed 43rd, 3:58.1 back with four penalties.

After a rest day on Monday, the IBU World Championships resume Tuesday with the women's 15km individual.

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Women’s 10km pursuit results


Dorothea Wierer (ITA)



Denise Herrmann (GER)



Marte Olsbu Roeiseland (NOR)


36. Susan Dunklee(Barton, Vt.)


Clare Egan(Cape Elizabeth, Maine)


Men’s 12.5km pursuit results


Emilien Jacquelin (FRA)



Johanne Thingnes Boe (NOR)



Alexander Loginov (RUS)


43. Sean Doherty(Center Conway, N.H.)



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