Hakkinen finishes 24th in sprint

Sports Brief

Posted: Sunday, January 07, 2007

Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen is rounding into form a lot quicker than the European winter is.

Hakkinen finished 24th on Saturday in a World Cup 10-kilometer sprint in Oberhof, Germany, for his best result of the season.

Hakkinen struggled early in the season due to illness, and his finish shows he is rounding into form.

The same can’t be said of winter. On Friday, the women competed in downpours and gusty winds. The men got the downpours and gusty winds, with a little fog thrown into the mix to make things even worse.

Hakkinen knocked down all five of the targets in the prone stage. At times, Hakkinen appeared to be jumping over rivulets of water running across the trail, according to a U.S. Biathlon press release. Hakkinen dropped his first three targets in standing, but hesitated as the wind picked up and missed the last two targets, dropping him in the standings.

Hakkinen scored his first World Cup points of the season and qualified for today’s pursuit race.

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