Hakkinen takes 18th at World Cup opener

Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen took 18th place in the opening competition of the 2011-12 World Cup Biathlon championships in Sweden on Wednesday.

Hakkinen competed in a 20-kilometer race and shooting event, compiling a result of 57:02.4.

“This race showed there is really good potential for this season, so now I can be quite ambitious about my goals,” he said in a written statement. “Plus, it is always fun to be scoring World Cup points.”

Martin Fourcade of France topped runner-up Michal Slesingr of the Czech Republic by 1:54.3. Both men had a single penalty today. Third place went to Germany’s Simon Schempp, with one penalty, 1:54.5 back.

Hakkinen is 3:32.6 off the pace.

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