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Burke places fourth in Russia

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

Tim Burke of Paul Smiths took fourth place in the opening day 10-kilometer sprint biathlon event Friday at the IBU World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

Susan Dunklee of Vermont placed 10th in the women's race.

"I am very happy with my race today," Burke said. "I felt that I was still in good shape after World Championships and I have always liked the tracks here in Russia. I think the course suits my strengths well with lots of gradual climbing and little recovery."

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Paul Smiths native Tim Burke takes part in a post-race ceremony Friday after placing fourth in the IBU World Cup 10-kilometer sprint race in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.
(Photo — US Biathlon/NordicFocus)

Burke posted a time of 27:03.6 with his only miss coming at the first shooting range. Martin Fourcade of France was the top finisher in 26:40.2 (no misses), Arnd Peiffer of Germany was second in 26:45.5 and Fredrik Lindstrom of Sweden was third in 26:46.9.

Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid finished 20th with a time of 27:47.2 with misses on each of the two ranges.

"When I came into the shooting range after the first loop I could see that Martin was still shooting, so I knew that I had probably made up time on him during the first loop and was off to a good start," Burke said. "I was frustrated to miss my last prone shot but I was feeling good and just tried to keep the hammer down. After standing, I knew I was fighting for a top spot but I had no idea how close things were. We are short staffed here this week, so I did not get much info on the last loop. I only knew that I was in sixth leaving the range. But anytime you are in the top 10, you have to know that every few seconds will be a place."

Jay Hakkinen of Alaska finished 19th with a time of 27:46.5 (1+0) and Russell Currier of Maine was 37th (28:19.2/1+1).

Dunklee continues to have an outstanding rookie season, posting a career-best 10th place sprint finish Friday in a time of 23:14.6 (1+0), which was 1:03 behind the winner, World Cup leader Magalena Neuner of Germany. Ukrainian Vita Semerenko was second in 22:14.7 with clean shooting, while Darya Domracheva of Belarus was third in 22:27.7/0+1.

Sara Studebaker of Idaho finished 37th in 24:41.5.

World Cup biathlon continues today at 6:30 a.m. (Eastern) in Khanty-Mansiysk, with the men and women's pursuit. Log on to to watch the pursuit live.



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