US Men 7th in World Cup Biathlon Relay

FasterSkierDecember 6, 2009

Ater two podiums the US scored another Top-10 result today at the relay competition in Östersund, Sweden today.

Lowell Bailey, Jay Hakkinen, Tim Burke and Jeremy Teela posted a strong finish in an exciting relay competition on the last day of competition in Östersund. The US biathletes were 1:44.1 behind the winning French team.

Bailey started the race and put the US in a good position with just two extra shots needed in the standing shooting. Although the athletes had some problems in the standing position, in prone all four athletes managed to hit all targets without using any extra shots. Hakkinen, as the second starter, avoided the penalty loop as well, but he still wasn’t completely satisfied with his result: “Of course it is a good result overall. But I wish I could have done better in standing. I am glad that I didn’t have to go in the penalty loop though!”

Tim Burke on the contrary had to ski those 150 extra meters. “I am mentally tired. Those last days have been crazy and I really need a break to be on top again. I guess I wasn’t completely focused today, but those misses always can happen. That’s biathlon!”

Jeremy Teela anchored the team. The last round was packed with some of the best biathletes so Teela was satisfied with his result. Although he had to ski the penalty loop as well, he fought hard for seventh place and finished just seconds ahead of the teams from Ukraine and Switzerland.

Next week the World Cup continues in Hochfilzen.

Source: USBA

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