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Bailey, Burke battle to qualify for pursuit

February 11, 2018
By US Biathlon , Lake Placid News

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - Lowell Bailey battled through the elements to a 33rd-place finish Sunday in the men's 10-kilometer sprint at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games.

Bailey, of Lake Placid, was one of three Americans to finish in the top 60 and qualify for Monday's 12.5K pursuit. Joining him will be Paul Smiths native Tim Burke, who finished 47th, and Leif Nordgren, of Minnesota, who was 58th.

With a stiff breeze blowing across the shooting range and the temperature pegged at 12 degrees Fahrenheit at the start, the competitors also faced gusty winds throughout the course at the Alpensia Biathlon Centre. The trying conditions resulted in only four men in the 87-man field cleaning all 10 targets.

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Lowell Bailey, of Lake Placid, races in the men's 10-kilometer sprint at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on Sunday. (Photo -- Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Bailey had just one miss in standing to finish 1 minute, 15.6 seconds behind clean-shooting gold medalist Arnd Peiffer of Germany, who completed the course in 23:38.8. Michal Krcmar of Czech Republic won the silver medal, also with clean shooting, 4.4 seconds back, while Dominik Windisch of Italy captured the bronze medal with one penalty, 7.7 seconds behind Peiffer.

"I had a good performance on the range, I was happy with the shooting but, unfortunately, I just didn't have it in the legs," Bailey said. "I just haven't had the ski shape that I had last year. I haven't gotten the speed going this year and that's the way biathlon is. It wasn't a bad race. I had a really good first lap, I just didn't have it on the second and third laps. With any luck I'll feel better and better as the Games go on."

Burke had four penalties on the range to finish 1:47.5 off the pace. He missed two targets in prone and the other two in standing.

"It's a tough course," Burke said. "You have longer climbs. A lot of biathlon courses it seems like the climbs are only 30 seconds long before you get a break. Here you have a couple climbs that are significantly longer than that."

Nordgren had just two penalties, with one coming in prone and the other in standing, as he made it under the cutoff for qualification for tomorrow's pursuit.

"The wind made it really tough today on the shooting range and on the tracks," stated Nordgren. "You come down a couple of the fairways here and turn the corner and the wind is like hitting a brick wall in the face. It's an insanely tough field so two misses was too much for the Olympics today."

Sean Doherty, of Center Conway, New Hampshire, was the first American out of the start house but suffered four penalties in prone at the first shooting stage.

"I really thought I had a handle on it in zero," Doherty said. "I had a good shooting warmup and thought I had it under control but obviously something was off."

Doherty did rebound to clean from standing, but the early penalties were too much to overcome and he fell outside the pursuit qualification window in 65th place.

Emily Dreissigacker, of Morrisville, Vermont, will join Bailey, Burke and Nordgren in Monday's pursuit races. Dreissigacker will compete in the women's 10km sprint starting at 5:10 a.m. Eastern time, while the men's 12.5km race will be held at 7 a.m.

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Sunday's Olympic Biathlon Results

At Pyeongchang, South Korea

Men's 10km Sprint

1. Arnd Peiffer, Germany, 23:38.8 (0).

2. Michal Krcmar, Czech Republic, 23:43.2 (0).

3. Dominik Windisch, Italy, 23:46.5 (1).

4. Julian Eberhard, Austria, 23:47.2 (1).

5. Erlend Overeng Bjontegaard, Norway, 23:56.2 (2).

6. Benedikt Doll, Germany, 23:56.4 (1).

7. Simon Schempp, Germany, 24:00.2 (1).

8. Martin Fourcade, France, 24:00.9 (3).

9. Serafin Wiestner, Switzerland, 24:02.3 (1).

10. Lukas Hofer, Italy, 24:09.8 (2).

11. Erik Lesser, Germany, 24:10.7 (1).

12. Simon Desthieux, France, 24:11.1 (2).

13. Tarjei Boe, Norway, 24:12.5 (2).

14. Sebastian Samuelsson, Sweden, 24:12.6 (2).

15. Benjamin Weger, Switzerland, 24:15.5 (1).

16. Lapshin Timofey, South Korea, 24:22.6 (1).

17. Tomas Kaukenas, Lithuania, 24:23.5 (1).

18. Emil Hegle Svendsen, Norway, 24:23.8 (2).

19. Olli Hiidensalo, Finland, 24:26.3 (0).

20. Tero Seppaelae, Finland, 24:27.3 (1).

21. Dmytro Pidruchnyi, Ukraine, 24:27.5 (0).

22. Matej Kazar, Slovakia, 24:33.7 (1).

23. Jakov Fak, Slovenia, 24:34.2 (2).

24. Andrejs Rastorgujevs, Latvia, 24:34.4 (3).

25. Dominik Landertinger, Austria, 24:36.2 (1).

26. Klemen Bauer, Slovenia, 24:36.4 (2).

27. Antonin Guigonnat, France, 24:37.5 (3).

28. Simon Eder, Austria, 24:42.5 (2).

29. Ondrej Moravec, Czech Republic, 24:46.7 (1).

30. Jesper Nelin, Sweden, 24:46.8 (3).

31. Johannes Thingnes Boe, Norway, 24:51.5 (4).

32. Peppe Femling, Sweden, 24:52.2 (2).

33. Lowell Bailey, United States, 24:54.4 (1).

34. Vladimir Chepelin, Belarus, 25:04.8 (2).

35. Anton Smolski, Belarus, 25:05.9 (1).

36. Kalev Ermits, Estonia, 25:07.2 (2).

37. Krasimir Anev, Bulgaria, 25:08.8 (2).

38. Michael Rosch, Belgium, 25:09.4 (2).

39. Fredrik Lindstrom, Sweden, 25:14.1 (3).

40. Artem Pryma, Ukraine, 25:14.9 (2).

41. Roland Lessing, Estonia, 25:19.7 (2).

42. Sergey Bocharnikov, Belarus, 25:20.9 (2).

43. Roman Yeremin, Kazakhstan, 25:21.9 (2).

44. Nathan Smith, Canada, 25:22.3 (1).

45. Tuomas Gronman, Finland, 25:24.3 (1).

46. Serhiy Semenov, Ukraine, 25:24.9 (1).

47. Tim Burke, United States, 25:26.3 (4).

48. Quentin Fillon Maillet, France, 25:28.1 (4).

49. Vytautas Strolia, Lithuania, 25:32.4 (2).

50. Giuseppe Montello, Italy, 25:35.3 (2).

51. Thomas Bormolini, Italy, 25:39.3 (2).

52. Martin Otcenas, Slovakia, 25:39.7 (4).

53. Miha Dovzan, Slovenia, 25:42.2 (2).

54. Vladimir Iliev, Bulgaria, 25:42.7 (4).

55. Florent Claude, Belgium, 25:43.7 (3).

56. Anton Sinapov, Bulgaria, 25:47.9 (3).

57. Anton Babikov, OA Russia, 25:48.5 (4).

58. Leif Nordgren, United States, 25:49.0 (2).

59. Grzegorz Guzik, Poland, 25:52.2 (2).

60. Cornel Puchianu, Romania, 25:52.7 (1).

61. Scott Gow, Canada, 25:52.8 (4).

62. Christian Gow, Canada, 25:53.5 (3).

63. Jeremy Finello, Switzerland, 25:54.7 (3).

64. Mario Dolder, Switzerland, 25:54.8 (5).

65. Sean Doherty, United States, 25:55.2 (4).

66. Oskars Muiznieks, Latvia, 25:56.3 (2).

67. Andrzej Nedza-Kubiniec, Poland, 25:59.2 (2).

68. Remus Faur, Romania, 26:03.3 (1).

69. Michal Slesingr, Czech Republic, 26:06.0 (4).

70. Tomas Hasilla, Slovakia, 26:10.4 (3).

71. Raman Yaliotnau, Belarus, 26:12.6 (6).

72. Mitja Drinovec, Slovenia, 26:13.7 (3).

73. Adam Vaclavik, Czech Republic, 26:15.4 (4).

74. Simon Bartko, Slovakia, 26:18.4 (5).

75. Rene Zahkna, Estonia, 26:19.9 (3).

76. Kauri Koiv, Estonia, 26:23.3 (3).

77. Tobias Eberhard, Austria, 26:24.3 (5).

78. Vladimir Semakov, Ukraine, 26:31.7 (3).

79. Vladislav Vitenko, Kazakhstan, 26:32.7 (4).

80. Vassiliy Podkorytov, Kazakhstan, 26:34.7 (1).

81. Dimitar Gerdzhikov, Bulgaria, 26:47.9 (4).

82. Brendan Green, Canada, 26:48.0 (3).

83. Matvey Eliseev, OA Russia, 26:59.3 (5).

84. Mikito Tachizaki, Japan, 27:27.1 (3).

85. Maxim Braun, Kazakhstan, 27:46.7 (4).

86. Gheorghe Pop, Romania, 28:04.4 (5).

87. Marius Ungureanu, Romania, 28:59.1 (4).

 
 

 

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