Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, February 04, 2007

Hakkinen finishes 38th in sprint

Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen finished 38th on Saturday in the World Championship biathlon 10-kilometer sprint in Antholz, Italy.

Hakkinen finished 2 minutes, 10.6 seconds, behind winner Ole Einar Bjorndalen of Norway. Hakkinen had two penalties at the prone stage and one penalty in the standing stage. Led by Tim Burke, all four of the U.S. men qualified for today’s pursuit.

“We had too many penalties,” coach Mikael Lofgren told the U.S. biathlon’s Web site. “It may have been a bit of nerves for Tim, but there were many bad shots by all of the guys.

“The wind was about the same during zero as it was during the race, so that should not have been a problem. We will come back tomorrow and try again.”

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