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Burke races to 16th in World Cup pursuit

January 17, 2012
By the Enterprise staff ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Paul Smiths native Tim Burke turned in the top American finish in the 12.5-kilometer pursuit at the IBU World Cup in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic on Sunday.

Burke started the pursuit in 11th place and finished 16th with a time of 36:40, with no misses in the first two shooting rounds then two in the third and three in the fourth. Burke trailed the winner, Anton Shipulin of Russia, who finished in 34:50.8 with one miss to capture his second career victory. France's Martin Fourcade tied with Arnd Peiffer of Germany for second in 35:01.9.

Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid was the next-best American with his 18th-place finish in 36:47.3. Other American finishers were Jay Hakkinen of Alaska in 27th and Russell Currier of Maine in 35th.

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Tim Burke of Paul Smiths leads Team USA with a 16th-place finish in Sunday’s 12.5-kilometer pursuit at the IBU World Cup in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic.
(Photo — US Biathlon/NordicFocus)

"It was another day with rough conditions, but we had all of our men in good start positions and we are happy with their performances," said U.S. Biathlon head coach Per Nilsson. "All men shot well in prone, but we had some issues in standing that took us down a little bit. Today, we also had really good skis, which is really important when it's so tight in these races. It was a good ending in Nove Mesto and we are confident for next week's World Cup in Antholz-Anterselva."

The top American woman in the 10k pursuit was Sara Studebaker, who finished 42nd with a time of 36:21 (0+0+2+1). Norway's Tora Berger was first in 31:00.03, followed by Helena Ekholm of Sweden in second and Marie Laure Brunet in third.

"Today felt like a step in the right direction for me," Studebaker said after the race. "I felt stronger on the skis and the shooting was solid. It was a tough race, especially starting so far back, but I'm happy with how I handled it and that I was able to move up. It's a bummer to be so close to the points, but moving up in a pursuit is always the goal and I'm happy with how things went today."

Annalies Cook of Saranac Lake finished 55th in 39:08 (0+3+2+3), from a start position of 51.

Team USA now travels to Antholz-Anterselva, Italy for the sixth World Cup event of the season.



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