RUHPOLDING, Germany — The fifth BMW IBU World Cup of the season got underway Wednesday in Ruhpolding with the men's 4x7.5-kilometer relay highlighting the first day of the five-day event. The U.S. team of Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.), Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.), Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) and Sean Doherty (Center Conway) placed 12th in the 25-team field, finishing two minutes, 4.6 seconds back with one penalty and seven spares.
The Norwegian quartet of Ole Einar Bjoerdalen, Vetle Sjastad Christiansen, Henrik L'Abee-lund and Emil Hegle Svendsen won the men's relay with five spare rounds in 1:13:40 for their third consecutive relay victory in Ruhpolding.
Russia finished second with two spares, 5.1 seconds back, while the home team, Germany, grabbed the final spot on the podium, with one penalty and nine spares, 17.9 seconds behind.
The final leg was a neck-and-neck battle between the North American teams. Doherty needed one extra shot in both prone and standing and was just nipped by 0.2 seconds at the finish line by the Canadian team for 11th place.
"I am very happy with the race today," Doherty said. "It is a big step in the right direction. I am excited to be getting into race shape and looking forward to the sprint."
"With Sean and I just now getting the first races under our belts, I think we can expect more from the next relay,” said Nordgren.
Competition at the BMW IBU World Cup 5 continues Thursday with the women's 4x6K relay featuring the American team of Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.), Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Joanne Reid (Boulder, Colo.) and Maddie Phaneuf (Old Forge, N.Y.). Live streaming coverage begins at 8:30 a.m. EST on eurovisionsports.tv/ibu/.
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