Kontiolahti, Finland, December 1. Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, NY) bounced back today with 12th Place in the Men’s 10K Sprint, two days after a disappointing 49th place in the season-opening 20K Individual.
Burke looked like a new person on both the tracks and the shooting range today, with only one penalty while finishing just 54.4 seconds behind the winner Ole Einar Bjorndalen. At the finish line, he had regained his characteristic big smile as he talked about today’s competition. â€œI feel so much better than in the 20K. I still feel a bit off, but the improvements are huge between Thursday and today. It is so good to be back on the scoreboard (for World Cup Points).â€
Bjoerndalen delivered an impressive reaction to his 29th rank in the Individual on Thursday. The 33-year-old logged a total time of 23:13.4 minutes and defeated a very strong Dmitri Yaroshenko of Russia by 12.7 seconds. Yaroshenko missed one of his targets in the prone shooting session but actually skied faster than Bjoerndalen. Germany's Carsten Pump was the surprise second runner-up, shooting clean in both sessions and finishing 23.3 seconds behind the winner. Pump thus scored his best ever World Cup result at age 31.
Live streaming coverage of tomorrow's 12.5km pursuit will begin at 7:45 EST at www.usbiathlon.org. Click the Biathlon World Cup logo at the top right of the page.
Sources: USBiathlon, www.biathlonworld.com
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