Hakkinen takes 27th in pursuit

Posted: Sunday, January 16, 2011

Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen took 27th in an IBU-Cup race on Saturday in Altenberg, Germany. Hakkinen finished the 12.5-kilometer race in 39 minutes, 46.5 seconds, with three misses on the range. The winner finished in 35 minutes, 36.5 seconds.

Nikiski's Zach Hall finished the race in 47th place with six misses and a time of 42:09.4.

On Friday, both Hakkinen and Hall positioned themselves for the pursuit with the 10-kilometer sprint. Hakkinen finished 40th in that race with a time of 27:23.2, while Hall was 50th at 27:53.3.

Hakkinen wrote on his website on Saturday -- jayhakkinen.com -- that as he understands it, he has qualified for the World Cup circuit in February.

"If that is correct about the US World Cup, I can feel very good about coming back from such a strong sickness right before the season," he wrote. "I really appreciate the people who supported me through it and did not give up hope on me."

Hakkinen wrote that qualifying for the World Cups again is a huge step in getting ready for the March World Championships.

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