The U.S. biathlon team continued its run at the top, placing all four starters in the top 20 in the men’s 10 k sprint in Kontiolahti, Finland this morning. Lowell Bailey and Russell Currier led the way in 5th and 6th. Bailey had one penalty and finished 9.8 seconds behind race winner Martin Fourcade of France, while Currier shot clean to land 15.3 seconds back. Tim Burke and Jay Hakkinen missed a shot apiece to finish 13th and 16th.
In the women’s race, Zina Kocher of Canada and Sara Studebaker of the U.S. each had their best days of the season, placing 12th and 15th. Kocher’s finish came despite two penalties, while Studebaker used clean shooting to achieve the result. Annelies Cook placed 39th with one penalty while Susan Dunklee struggled on the range, missing five of ten shots and placing 65th.
Full race reports to follow later today.