Bailey climbs to 12th place in World Cup pursuit
Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid turned in the fifth-best time of the day Saturday to lock up a 12th-place finish in the 12.5-kilometer World Cup biathlon pursuit race in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy.
Bailey completed the course in 31 minutes, 50.9 seconds with two penalties. Simon Schempp of Germany won the pursuit with a time of 31:20.6 and two misses, Jean Guillaume Beatrix of France was second in 31:22.1 and hanrick L’abee-Lund of Norway was third in 31:25.4 and two misses.
“I was really happy with the race, given that I was disappointed with the last stage of the sprint (Friday),” Bailey said in a press release. “I went into (Saturday’s) race with the sole purpose of sticking to an aggressive game plan. I would have liked to clean the last stage, but I’m happy I stuck to the plan. Next time I’ll clean that last stage.”
Tim Burke of Paul Smiths did not race in the pursuit because he was “not feeling 100 percent.”
Russell Currier of Maine was the second-best American with his 47th-place finish. He moved up from the 60th position and turned in a time of 35:24.7 with four misses.
On the women’s side, Susan Dunklee of Barton, Vt. placed 24th in the 10k pursuit with a time of 33:52.1 and five missed targets. Andrea Henkel of Germany won with clean shooting and a time of 31:04.5.
“(Saturday) didn’t go quite as well as I had hoped, but I feel good about many parts of the race,” Dunklee said. “I kept up with Andrea, the eventual race winner, for a couple loops and kept my focus well on the range. I had a couple small snafus like a broken pole and a lost clip, but one poor standing stage is what really dropped me down the results.”