U.S. Men Put Three in Ruhpolding Pursuit

By Bill Kellick | Jan. 16, 2020, 10:12 a.m. (ET)

Sean Doherty races in the men's sprint in Ruhpolding on Jan. 16. (photo by NordicFocus)

RUHPOLDING Germany (Jan. 16, 2020) – Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) led three Americans in qualifying for Sunday's pursuit during Thursday's men's 10-kilometer sprint at the BMW IBU World Cup in Ruhpolding. Doherty placed a season-best 21st in the 111-athlete field and will be joined in Sunday's pursuit by Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.) and Leif Nordgren (Hinesburg, Vt.) who finished just inside the top-60 cutoff at 58th and 59th, respectively. For Brown, it will be just his second career World Cup pursuit race.

"Today's race was great, full attack from the start to the finish line," said Doherty. "It is a lot of fun to have a strong skiing day like today. I was very happy to see Jake sneak into the pursuit at the end there."

Doherty had just a single prone penalty on the range to finish 1 minute, 2.8 seconds back of winner Martin Fourcade of France. He also had the seventh-best range time among the field in standing where he shot clean. Brown had two prone penalties to finish 2:02.2 back, while Nordgren was 2:03.8 behind Fourcade with two prone penalties and one in standing. Paul Schommer (Appleton, Wis.) was less than five seconds away from qualifying in 65th position with two standing penalties, 2:09.2 off the pace.

Fourcade remained unbeaten in 2020, shooting clean to win the men's sprint in 22:41.5. Today's win for Fourcade follows last week's sprint and mass start victories in Oberhof. Teammate Quentin Fillon Maillet matched Fourcade on the shooting range to finish a close second, 3.1 seconds back. Germany's Benedikt Doll shot clean for the second time this season to place third, 12 seconds behind Fourcade.

The BMW IBU World Cup continues from Ruhpolding on Friday with the women's 4x6km relay starting at 8:30 a.m. EST. The U.S. team of Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.), Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.) and Deedra Irwin (Pulaski, Wis.) will team up for that race.

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Men’s 10km sprint results


Martin Fourcade (FRA)



Quentin Fillon Maillet (FRA)



Benedikt Doll (GER)


21. Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) +1:02.8/+1


Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.)


59. Leif Nordgren (Hinesburg, Vt.) +2:03.8/+3
65. Paul Schommer (Appleton, Wis.) +2:09.2/+2