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Burke, Bailey part of 10th-place US finish

January 24, 2012
By the Enterprise staff ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid and Tim Burke of Paul Smiths teamed up with Jay Hakkinen and Leif Nordgren on Sunday to take 10th place in the 4x7.5-kilometer relay race in the IBU World Cup event in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy.

The U.S. team finished with a total time of 1:14:49.4. France won the relay in 1:12:14.7, followed by Germany in second with a 1:12:26.7 and Austria in 1:12:56.4.

"Today was not perfect, but it highlighted some of our strengths, such as Lowell in second place until standing," Hakkinen said. "I shot fast and well, Tim skied amazingly fast and Leif showed he is strong under pressure. I think it was an ideal race to give us confidence and show what we need to work on going into the short, one-week break before the next World Cup in Oslo."

On Saturday, Burke and Bailey competed in the 15k mass start. Burke placed 20th and Bailey was 21st.

"Tim showed his terrific skill and speed, second only to Norway's Svendsen," said US Biathlon CEO Max Cobb. "He powered up to a 20th place and worked his way into 29th in the overall World Cup total score.

"Lowell had a decent performance, and his 21st place helped maintain his World Cup ranking, now in 16th place."

The World Cup season continues Feb. 2-5 in Oslo, with racing in sprint, pursuit and mass start events.



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