Fredrik Lindström Gets First World Cup Victory, Neuner Bounces Back with win at Antholz Sprints

Fredrik Lindström earned his first career World Cup victory with a clean-shooting performance at Antholz, while Magdalena Neuner once again followed up an error-filled performance with a win.

Lindström’s previous career-best result was a 5th place finish, but he has been performing well this year, and broke through in yesterday’s Men’s Sprint (IBU article, results) by shooting clean and skiing 18.2 seconds faster than Evgeniy Garanichev and 19.1 seconds faster than Martin Fourcade, both of whom also shot clean.

Tim Burke had a strong race, finishing in 12th (+1:04.4, two penalties). Jay Hakkinen was 22nd (+1:25.8, no penalties), JP Le Guellec was 27th (+1:34.2, two penalties), Scott Perras was 29th (+1:36.0, one penalty), Brendan Green was 34th (+1:47.6, three penalties), Lowell Bailey was 36th (+1:49.8, two penalties), Russell Currier was 43rd (+2:07.8, two penalties) and Nathan Smith was 47th (+2:13.3, two penalties).

After cross-firing in last weekend’s Pursuit competition, Neuner came storming back with a win in the Women’s Sprint (IBU article, results). This seems to be a developing trend for Neuner this year, who followed up a disastrous performance in the Relay in Oberhof by winning the Sprint there. Despite one penalty, Neuner was 17.5 seconds ahead of Kaisa Mäkäräinen (no penalties) and 30.5 seconds ahead of Darya Domracheva (two penalties).

Susan Dunklee continues to impress during her rookie season with a career-best 17th place (+1:36.9, one penalty). Sara Studebaker was 43rd (+2:46.3, two penalties), Megan Imrie was 47th (+2:58.7, thee penalties), Tracy Barnes was 57th (+3:17.3, one penalty), Zina Kocher was 62nd (+3:36.1, four penalties), Rosanna Crawford was 63rd (+3:36.7, one penalty) and Annalies Cook was 74th (+4:00.1, five penalties).

Tomorrow is an interesting competition day with the Women’s Relay (start list) beginning at 6:45 Eastern, 3:45 Pacific and the Men’s Mass Start (start list) at 9:15 Eastern, 6:15 Pacific. Canada and the United States will have teams in the Relay, while Lowell Bailey and Tim Burke will be in the Mass Start.

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