US Biathlon Dunklee Wraps Up Mem...

Dunklee Wraps Up Memorable Worlds in Antholz

By Bill Kellick | Feb. 23, 2020, 11:03 a.m. (ET)

Susan Dunklee removes her skis following the women's mass start at the IBU World Championships on Feb. 23, 2020 (photo by NordicFocus)

ANTHOLZ-ANTERSELVA, Italy (Feb. 23, 2020) – Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) finished 27th in Sunday's women's mass start, but her memories of the past 10 days at the IBU World Championships will be as shiny as her sprint silver medal won nine days ago in the mile-high air of Antholz.

"What a championships!" said Dunklee after today's race. "Today wasn't my strongest day but I'm leaving Antholz with lots of great memories, confidence and, of course, a silver medal. Our staff put together a Herculean effort to give the best support possible for each race and I'm incredibly grateful for all their work. Onward to Nove Mesto!"

Dunklee opened Sunday's 12.5-kilometer mass start with a clean round in prone, but incurred five penalties the rest of the way to put her out of podium contention. Her time was 4 minutes, 2.5 seconds off the winning pace.

Norway's Marte Olsbu Roeiseland hunted down Italy's Dorothea Wierer in the final loop to win the women's mass start gold medal. She came back from 22nd place after the prone stages to take the win in 39:14 with two penalties. Wierer, with three penalties, won the silver medal, 20.7 seconds back. Sweden's Hanna Oeberg won the bronze medal, 26.1 seconds behind Roeiseland with three penalties.

Later in the day, Johannes Thingnes Boe of Norway shot clean to win the men's mass start in 38:09.5. Quentin Fillon Maillet of France won the silver medal with three penalties, 42 seconds back, while his teammate Emilien Jacquelin took the bronze medal with two penalties, 55 seconds behind Boe.

Other highlights of the world championships for the U.S. Biathlon team were an eighth-place finish in the men's relay and a career-best eighth place on 20-for-20 shooting by Leif Nordgren (Hinesburg, Vt.) in the men's 20km individual.

The team will now have a bit of rest before the BMW IBU World Cup continues from Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, March 5-8.

Women's 12.5km mass start results


Marte Olsbu Roeiseland (NOR)



Dorothea Wierer (ITA)



Hanna Oeberg (SWE)


27. Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) +4:02.5/+5


Men's 15km mass start results


Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR)



Quentin Fillon Maillet (FRA)



Emilien Jacquelin (FRA)



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Susan Dunklee