Burke bronzed in Sweden

OSTERSUND, Sweden – Paul Smiths native Tim Burke raced to a third place finish in Saturday’s 10-kilometer sprint with a time of 26 minutes and 27.3 seconds and clean shooting.

Leading through the early stages of the race, Burke finished 31.3 seconds behind Martin Fourcade of France, who posted his second win in Ostersund with a time of 25:56 with one miss.

It was Burke’s first time on the podium this season.

Fredrick Lindstroem of Sweden took second for the host nation posting 26:02.5 after a fall in the last kilometer of the race.

“I am very happy with my performance today, especially the shooting,” Burke said in a press release. “My goal going into the race today was to be aggressive on the shooting range and I was able to carry that through.

“I was actually a little surprised to make it to the podium with how I felt skiing. I felt like I started the race strong, but it was really tough for me in the last lap.

“I definitely still need some more races to reach my racing shape, so considering that I am thrilled with how things turned out.”

Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid finished 14th in 27:02.6. Teammate Leif Nordgren of Minnesota was 41st (27:52.6), Jeremy Teela of Utah was 87th (29:49.3) and Sean Doherty of Center Conway, N.H. was 89th (29:53.6).

“I’m happy with the race today,” Bailey said in a press release. “Of course, I would have like to hit that last prone shot, but there are always a lot of what-ifs in biathlon.

“I’m happy that my ski speed improved from the first race, and I’m in a good position for the pursuit.”

Burke, Bailey and Nordgren were scheduled to compete in Sunday’s 12.5 kilometer pursuit, but it was cancelled due to high winds.

“I was disappointed the race was canceled, especially with my nice start position,” Burke posted on Twitter. “Now it’s time to move my focus to the next race!”

The Ostersund World Cup was the first World Cup meet of this winter season. The series resumes in Hochfilzen, Austria later this week.

Burke now sits in 12th place in the overall World Cup standings with 48 points. He is one point behind Bailey, who is 11th place. Fourcade leads the standings with 120 points.