Paul Smiths native Tim Burke led Team USA on Friday with a 12th-place finish in the 10-kilometer sprint race at the IBU World Cup in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy.
Posting a time of 25:41.9 with no misses at the first range and two on the second, Burke was just 1:04 back from Sweden's Fredrick Lindstrom, who won with a time of 24:37.9 and clean shooting. Evgeniy Garanichev of Russia was second with a time of 24:56.1 and clean shooting, while Marin Fourcade of France took third with a time of 24:57.0 and clean shooting at the range.
Burke was in the top three until missing the last two shots in standing. He made up six places in the last loop to finish 12th and qualify for today's Mass Start.
"I am very happy with the race today, but of course I would like those two last shots back," Burke said. "I felt great on the course today, so that allowed me to stay up there even with a few mistakes. Now I am looking forward to my first mass start of the year tomorrow."
Jay Hakkinen of Alaska shot clean and finished 22nd with a time of 26:03.7, while Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid shot 0+2 to finish 36th at 26:27.7.
As a team, the men placed fifth. Bailey's 15th-place world ranking qualifies him into the mass start along with Burke, who is currently ranked 30th in the overall rankings.