Antholz, Italy – Tim Burke (USA) finished 29th today in the 20km individual start biathlon race. Burke finished 4:14 behind winner Serguei Sednev (UKR) who had a perfect day on the range.
Burke skied well, posting the 6th fastest ski time, but he did not back that performance with his shooting. He had five total misses, the most of anyone in the top-30.
He did score 12 World Cup points, and make up ground in the overall. He is currently third, 11 points out of second, and 39 off of leader Evgeny Ustyugov (RUS). Both Ustyugov and EMil Svndsen (NOR) in second, did not compete.
Brendan Green had an excellent day for Canada, placing 19th, with three misses. This was easily Green’s best World Cup result, topping the 46th he had earlier this year in Slovenia. Robin Clegg was not far behind in an impressive 23rd, his top finsih in two years.
Their teammates Jean Philippe LeGuellec and Marc Andre Bedard finished 39th and 58th respectively.
The rest of the US Team struggled. Jay Hakkinen was 68th with 7 misses, Wynn Roberts 77th, Zach Hall 85th, and Lowell Bailey 93rd with 10 misses.
The women raced a 15km individual yesterday, with Magdalena Neuner (GE) taking the victory. Neuner has struggled with her shooting but has still managed the podium. Today was a bit better, but she needed the fastest ski time to overcome her three misses. Germany swept the podium with Kati Wilhelm 2nd, and Andrea Henkel in 3rd.
Neuner’s ski time was 1:17 faster than her closest competitor’s.
The US was led by Olympian Haley Johnson in 45th. She was closely followed by Tracy Barnes in 47th and Sara Studebaker in 50th. Johnson and Studebaker both had 4 misses and Barnes 2. Laura Spector was 75th with 6 misses.
Megan Imrie led Canada in 48th.
The women race tomorrow in a 7.5km sprint, while the men ski a 10km sprint on Saturday.