Burke back in action following illness

Tim Burke of Paul Smiths returned to World Cup biathlon competition Sunday after missing races earlier in the week due to illness. He placed 19th in Sunday’s 15-kilometer mass start in Ruhpolding, Germany with a time of 37:46.6.

Martin Fourcade of France won the event with clean shooting and a time of 36:27.7 for his third win of the week. Russia’s Dmitry Malyshko was second in 36:28.2 and Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway was third in 36:38.3.

Burke started the race strong, shooting clean in both prone stages and rose to fourth place heading into the third stage at the range. Shooting 4-for-5 in standing, Burke dropped to 14th in the tight race.

In the final stage, Burke had one penalty and dropped to 18th. At the close of World Cup 5, Burke ranks 13th in overall IBU World Cup rankings.

Team USA travels to Antholz-Anterselva, Italy for World Cup 6, which opens Thursday with the women’s 7.5k sprint.

Bailey 26th in 10k sprint

Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid placed 26th as the top American finisher in Saturday’s 10-kilometer sprint World Cup race in Ruhpolding, Germany.

Bailey shot cleanly at both ranges and finished with a time of 24:59, trailing winner Martin Fourcade of France by 1 minute, 8 seconds. Evgeny Ustyugov of Russia was second in 24:07.9 and Andrei Makoveev of Russia finished third in 24:24.5.

Jay Hakkinen of Alaska also shot clean Saturday, posting a time of 25:49.8 to tie for 54th place with Norway’s Bjorn Ferry. Russell Currier of Maine finished 80th with a time of 27:02 and four penalties.

Leif Nordgren of Minnesota had a tough go in prone, missing all five targets, but shot clean at standing to place 86th with a time of 27:29.1.