Dunklee 10th, Egan 16th in Ruhpolding Pursuit

By Bill Kellick | Jan. 19, 2020, 10:46 a.m. (ET)


Susan Dunklee (left) and Clare Egan (center) share a moment following the women's pursuit on Jan. 19. (photo by Evgeny Tumashov/IBU)

RUHPOLDING, Germany (Jan. 19, 2020) – Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) and Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) raced to their best finishes of the season Sunday in the women's 10-kilometer pursuit on the final day of the BMW IBU World Cup in Ruhpolding. Dunklee moved up 15 positions from the start to place 10th, while Egan moved up 12 spots to finish 16th.

Dunklee had three penalties on the range and stretched out to nip France's Justine Braisaz at the line to notch her top-10 finish.

"Ruhpolding has a great atmosphere, the fans are loud and supportive and it's a joy to race here," said Dunklee. "It was a lot fun to ski around Clare for several loops and we both threw down season bests. I was particularly proud of my lunge finish ahead of Justine to secure 10th."

Dunklee's time was 1 minute, 39.7 seconds back of winner Tiril Eckhoff of Norway. Egan was 2:01.8 back with two penalties.

Heavy driving snow and strong winds began about 20 minutes before the women started and persisted through the first half of the competition, slowing the tracks significantly, but it didn't stop Eckhoff who raced to her sixth individual title and third in the pursuit this season to strengthen her hold on the Yellow Bib. She had one penalty and a winning time of 34:08.7. Slovakia's Paulina Fialkova, with two penalties, finished second, 46.3 seconds back. Hanna Oeberg of Sweden placed third with two penalties, 55.1 seconds behind Eckhoff.

Later in the day the men's 12.5km pursuit was held with France's Martin Fourcade securing a sprint/pursuit double in Ruhpolding with clean shooting and a time of 31:26.8. Teammate Quentin Fillon Maillet was second, 17.6 seconds back with one penalty. Third place went to Norway's Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen, also with one penalty, 46. seconds behind Fourcade.

For the U.S., Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) was 32nd, followed by Leif Nordgren (Hinesburg, Vt.) in 55th and Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.) in 56th.

The next BMW IBU World Cup begins Thursday in Pokljuka, Slovenia.

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Women’s 10km pursuit results

1.

Tiril Eckhoff (NOR)

34:08.7/+1

2.

Paulina Fialkova (SVK)

+46.3/+2

3.

Hanna Oeberg (SWE)

+55.1/+2

10.

Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.)

+1:39.7/+3

16. Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) +2:01.8/+2

 

Men’s 12.5km pursuit results

1.

Martin Fourcade (FRA)

31:26.8/+0

2.

Quentin Fillon Maillet (FRA)

+17.6/+1

3.

Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen (NOR)

+46.0/+1

32.

Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.)

+2:58.7/+4

55. Leif Nordgren (Hinesburg, Vt.) +5:30.1/+4
56. Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.)
+5:49.9/+7