Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid was the top U.S. finisher Sunday in the 12.5-kilometer IBU World Championship pursuit in Ruhpolding, Germany. Bailey posted a time of 35:38.2 with two clean shooting rounds and three total misses to finish 20th.
Martin Courcade of France won the event with a time of 33:39.4 and four total misses. Carl Johan Bergman of Sweden was second in 33:44.6.
"The race was pretty exciting from the start. I had a good prone shooting and was able to move up into the top ten for the middle of the race," Bailey said. "By the time I got to last shooting, I was in the top 10 and shooting for a top position. Everything was going well until the last two shots.
Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid skis to a 20th-place finish at Sunday’s 12.5-kilometer pursuit in the IBU World Championships in Ruhpolding, Germany.
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"As a biathlete, it always hurts a little bit more to get so close and then miss in the last two. But that's also why we train. We want to be in these situations. We have trained for this our whole careers. Now it's time to put this race behind me and get ready for the Individual on Tuesday."
The men's 20-kilometer individual race is scheduled for today.
Tim Burke of Paul Smiths slipped from his 10th-place starting position Sunday in the pursuit and finished 28th with a time of 35:47.7. Burke had a miss on each of the first two ranges, two misses on the third and one at the last range.
"I am definitely disappointed with my race," Burke said. "I had hoped to move up from my 10th-place start, but was held back with poor shooting. The good news is that I felt a lot better on the skis and I feel like my shape is getting better with each race."
Susan Dunklee of Vermont was the top U.S. finisher in the women's 10k pursuit on Sunday, posting a time of 34:22.4 to take 36th. Barya Domracheva of Belarus won the event in 29:39.6 with two total misses, besting runner-up Magdalena Neuner, who is the World Cup points leader.
Weibrecht qualifies for World Cup finals
Olympic bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid maintained his 23rd-place standing on the World Cup leaderboard with a strong showing in Sunday's super-G. The result secured Weibrecht a trip to the World Cup finals March 11-18 in Schladming, Austria.
Weibrecht finished 23rd in the super-G on Sunday in Kvitfjell, Norway. Norwegians Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal took the top two spots.
The men's tour moves to Kranjska Gora, Slovenia for giant slalom and slalom races this weekend.
Svindal leads the World Cup super-G standings by 42 points over Didier Cuche of Switzerland with the only the Finals race remaining.