Dunklee 16th, SL’s Cook 55th in Sweden

OSTERSUND, SWEDEN – Vermont’s Susan Dunklee led United States biathletes at Friday’s women’s World Cup 7.5-kilometer sprint in Ostersund, Sweden.

Annelies Cook of Saranac Lake placed 55th in the race, which was won by Norway’s Ann Kristin Aafedt Flatland, who shot clean while posting a finish time of 20 minutes, 41.2 seconds.Dunklee cleaned prone and led in the early stages of the race, but finished in 16th place with a time of 21:41.9, with one penalty in standing.

“Putting both the shooting and skiing pieces together today is a great confidence booster for me,” Dunklee said. “I can’t wait for the pursuit this weekend. The times were close so there will be lots of great athletes to ski around.”

Russia’s Olga Zaitseva took second in 20:57 with one penalty, and Tora Berger of Norway finished third posting a time of 21:03.2 and one penalty.

Dunklee will race for Team USA in Sunday’s 10km pursuit starting at 5:30 a.m. (ET).

Cook finished with a time of 23:09.2 and two penalties in standing. Sara Studebaker of Boise, Idaho, posted a time of 23:27.9 and two penalties in standing for 71st. Hannah Dreissigacker of Vermont finished 93rd in 24:55 with five penalties.

Racing resumes in Ostersund today with the men’s 10km sprint.