The Next Level

Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Hakkinen 29th in mass start race

Jay Hakkinen of Kasilof, a member of the U.S. biathlon team, finished 29th at a mass start 15-kilometer World Cup race in Pokljuka, Slovenia, Sunday.

Hakkinen skied well but picked up two shooting penalties in both the first five-target standing-position shooting stage and the prone stage. Hakkinen moved up in the standings with a clean round in the second standing stage, but missed his final three targets in the second prone stage to finish 5 minutes, 25.2 seconds behind the winner, Norwegian Ole Einar Bjrndalen.

Next up for the U.S. biathlon team is the World Championships in Hochfilzen, Austria, March 5-13, and the World Cup Final March 16-20 in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia.

The Next Level highlights Kenai Peninsula athletes who have gone on to participate in athletics after high school. If you know of such an athlete, contact the Peninsula Clarion sports staff by phone at 283-7551, by fax at 283-3299 or by e-mail at

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