Burke ninth, Bailey 11th in World Cup sprint

Tim Burke of Paul Smiths and Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid each had strong finishes Friday in the World Cup 10-kilometer biathlon sprint in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia

Burke placed ninth with a time of 25 minutes, 26.3 seconds with one penalty and Bailey shot cleanly at both ranges and finished 11th in a time of 25:28.3.

“Today was a great day for our team and we are thrilled to move back into 10th place for the Nations Cup rankings,” Burke said. “This guarantees us five start spots for next season. Personally, I am happy with my ninth place. Most importantly, I am only about 20 seconds out of second place for (Saturday’s) pursuit, so it should be a very exciting race.”

World Cup Leader Martin Fourcade of France notched another sprint win with clean shooting and a time of 24:22.6. Lukas Hofer of Italy was second in 25:02.2 and Andreas Birnbacher of Germany finished third in 25:06.4.

Russell Currier of Maine shot clean and finished 43rd with a time of 26:34.3, while Leif Nordgren of Minnesota was 53rd in 26:53. All four men from Team USA have qualified to race in today’s 12.5k pursuit race.

Susan Dunklee of Barton, Vt. and Annelies Cook of Saranac Lake will race for Team USA in today’s 10k women’s pursuit. The races will be webcast live at www.biathlonworld.com.