Dunklee Leads U.S. in Women's 15k at World Championships

By Bill Kellick | Feb. 18, 2020, 2:15 p.m. (ET)


Susan Dunklee competes in the women's 15km individual race at the IBU World Championships on Feb. 18, 2020 (photo by NordicFocus)

ANTHOLZ-ANTERSELVA, Italy (Feb. 18, 2020) – On a day that saw just one athlete in the 100-woman field shoot clean, Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) was the top American finisher in Tuesday's women's 15-kilometer individual race at the 2020 IBU World Championships in Antholz. Dunklee had five penalties in her four trips to the shooting range to finish 55th, 5 minutes, 49.1 seconds back of gold medalist Dorothea Wierer of Italy.

"Ranges at altitude are often difficult for the whole field, and it is reflected just as often in the shooting results," noted Dunklee. "Antholz also has an uphill just before the range that can leave you out of breath as you approach. Sometimes our team does well in adverse conditions, but no one can be on for every race."

The only woman in the field to hit all 20 targets, in a race that tacks on a one-minute penalty for each miss, was Kazakhstan's Galina Vishnevskaya, who finished ninth, 1:31.4 back.

Wierer claimed her second gold medal at this year's world championships with a time of 43:07.7, with two penalties, becoming the first Italian woman to win the individual 15km title. Vanessa Hinz of Germany won her first-ever IBU World Championship medal, taking silver with one penalty and just 2.2 seconds back. Marte Olsbu Roeiseland, won the bronze medal, her fourth medal of these championships, with two  penalties, 15.8 seconds behind Wierer.

Dunklee has earned a spot in the first row of Sunday's 12.5km 30-woman mass start along with Roeiseland and Wierer.

Other U.S. finishers in Tuesday's women's individual were Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) in 58th place, Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) in 69th, and Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.) in 79th. The four U.S. women's will team up for the 4x6km relay on Saturday.

"We are looking forward to doing what we do best, which is turning it around and bouncing back to take no prisoners in the relay," added Dunklee.

The IBU World Championships continue on Wednesday with the men's 20km individual, 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 8:15 a.m. EST.

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Women’s 15km individual results

1.

Dorothea Wierer (ITA)

43:07.7/+2

2.

Vanessa Hinz (GER)

+2.2/+1

3.

Marte Olsbu Roeiseland (NOR)

+15.8/+2

55. Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) +5:49.1/+5

58.

Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

+6:11.2/+6

69. Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) +7:24.3/+3
79. Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.) +8:19.0/+6