Burke takes 14th to complete solid weekend in Germany
Tim Burke completed a successful weekend in Oberhof, Germany with a 14th-place finish Saturday in the 12.5-kilometer World Cup biathlon pursuit race.
Burke, a three-time Olympian from Paul Smiths, stopped the clock at 34 minutes, 7.3 seconds and had three penalties on the shooting range Saturday. Starting fourth out of the gate after Friday’s fourth-place finish in the 10K sprint, Burke was 20 seconds behind leader Martin Fourcade of France. A clean round of prone shooting kept Burke among the leaders in fifth place, still just 29.5 seconds off the lead.
However, two penalties at the second prone stage bumped Burke down to eighth place, now more than a minute behind the leaders. He rebounded with a clean stage in standing to hold onto 10th position, but another penalty at the final standing stage pushed Burke back to 14th at the finish, 1:43.7 behind the winner, Fourcade.
“Overall, it was another solid race for me, but I would sure love to have that second prone stage back,” Burke said. “I felt in control but just missed. That’s how biathlon goes sometimes. I felt good on the ski course again and was able to push on the last loop, which I will take as a good sign for the next races.”
Fourcade, with a single penalty on his first shot of the day, took the victory in 30:49.5. Johannes Thingnes Boe of Norway, with three penalties, finished second, 6.3 seconds back, while his brother Tarjei placed third with clean shooting, 30.9 seconds behind Fourcade.
Team USA will stay in Germany for the upcoming week, traveling to Ruhpolding for BMW IBU World Cup 5, Wednesday through Sunday. That event will feature men’s and women’s individual races, relays and mass starts.