Burke places ninth in Oberhof

Tim Burke fell during the final lap of the 15-kilometer World Cup mass start race Sunday in Oberhof, Germany, but was able to hold on to take ninth place.

Burke, a Paul Smiths native, completed the course in 38 minutes, 10.7 seconds. Martin Fourcade, the overall World Cup points leader, won the race in 37:39.4 with one penalty, followed by Alexey Volkov of Russia in 37:44.6 and Tarjei Boe of Norway in 37:58.4.

“I was happy with my performance,” Burke said. “It was nice to get back on track after a rough sprint race. I felt strong on the track today, and feel like I am right where I want to be with Sochi just one month away.

“My only disappointment was that I hit a rock on the last loop that caused me to crash, which definitely cost me a few places. Now I am looking forward to Ruhpolding, and hopefully seeing the sun for the first time in a week.”

World Cup competition continues in Ruhpolding, Germany on Wednesday, opening with the women’s 4x6k relay.

Annelies Cook of Saranac Lake finished 54th in the women’s 10k pursuit race Saturday in Oberhof with a time of 43:00.8 and nine misses. Susan Dunklee of Barton, Vt. was the top U.S. finisher in 37:16.3, while Darya Domracheva of Belarus won in 33:35.8 and three penalties.

Leif Nordgren was the only American in the men’s 12.5k pursuit on Saturday. He completed the course in 39:06.6 to finish 45th. Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway won the pursuit in 34:47.7 with one penalty.