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Burke 32nd, Bailey 50th in World Cup opener

December 6, 2010
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

OSTERSUND, Sweden - Paul Smiths native Tim Burke finished 32nd and Lake Placid's Lowell Bailey was 50th this weekend at the IBU World Cup biathlon event in Sweden.

Burke started the final day of the men's pursuit in 18th place, 1:31 behind the leader Emil Hegle of Norway. Burke moved up to eighth place after the second prone position shooting, but then missed four targets in the first standing shooting stage, falling back to 32nd with six overall misses in the end.

"Of course I am not satisfied with that, but there are good days and bad days at the range," Burke said. "That was a bad one and I just put it behind me and focus on the next races in Austria."

Bailey had four misses overall.

"I felt good in the beginning, but got a bit tired in the middle of the race," Burke said. "I'm not happy with my shooting but I will get there."

U.S. teammates Russell Currier finished in 80th place with three misses (28:55.9), while Leif Nordgren finished 84th with four misses (29:00.8). The race was about gaining more experience and confidence on the shooting range so for them it was an important race as well.

Three-time Olympian Jeremy Teela was weakened by a stomach parasite that had stricken many athletes and tourists in Ostersund. Teela finised in 89th place with a time of 29:15.0 and two misses at the range.

"I think Jeremy was right by starting. He felt better, but of course you only can know how bad the problems still are when you go full speed in a competition. We hope he gets better soon", said Per Nilsson.

The IBU World Cup circuit moves to Hochfilzen, Austria, for the next race on Friday.



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