Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid used near-perfect shooting and strong skiing to capture 10th in Saturday's World Cup biathlon 12.5-kilometer pursuit race in Hochfilzen, Austria.
Bailey started with bib 36, climbing the ranks with just one penalty in standing and the fifth-fastest time on the range. He finished in 32 minutes, 56 seconds, not far behind first-time winner Jakov Fak of Slovenia who finished in 31:45.
"A much better day for me," Bailey said. "I went into the race with the plan to be aggressive on the shooting range and to try and ski within my level at the moment. I was able to work into the race and after two clean prone stages I found myself up in the top 25. The third stage was a bit windy and I think a lot of the guys I was around missed so that by the time I came in for the final standing stage, I was in 13th and within sight of the top 10.
"It's interesting because pretty much the exact same thing happened in the pursuit here last year. Except last year, I missed two in my final stage and fell out of the top 15. Today, the targets went down and I left the range in eighth but only a few meters ahead of Landertinger and Ustyugov (two of the fastest guys out there right now). I did my best to stay with them, but Landi put in a brutal sprint at the bottom of the final climb and I couldn't quite match the pace today. I'm happy with the race and glad to have bounced back from a disappointing sprint."
Tim Burke of Paul Smiths finished 23rd in the pursuit with a time of 36:22.
Susan Studebaker of Idaho was the top American in the women's 10-kilometer pursuit, finishing 47th in 36:07. Norway occupied the top two spots with Synnove Solemdal claiming the top position in 31:13.
Burke, U.S. place 17th in relay
The United States biathlon team of Tim Burke, Leif Nordgren, Russell Currier and Jay Hakkinen combined to finish 17th in Sunday's IBU World Cup relay event in Hochfilzen, Austria.
The U.S. team completed the 7.5-kilometer course in 1:23:18.9. Norway won the event with a time of 1:17:55.2, followed by France in 1:18:41.8.
Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid was unable to compete in the race due to a foot injury. Burke, a native of Paul Smiths, is ranked 19th in the overall World Cup standings and Bailey is 26th.
In the women's 6-kilometer relay, Annelies Cook of Saranac Lake teamed up with Susan Dunklee, Sara Studebaker and Lanny Barnes to finish 12th in 1:16:51. Norway won the event in 1:11:45.
The World Cup circuit travels to Pokljuka, Slovenia for its next stop, which will begin with the sprint on Thursday.