Hakkinen finishes 40th in individual

Posted: Friday, March 09, 2007

Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen finished 40th in a World Cup 20-kilometer individual race on Thursday in Oslo, Norway.

Hakkinen finished 5 minutes, 12.1 seconds, behind winner Raphael Poiree of France. Poiree did not have any one-minute penalties for shooting, while Hakkinen had three one-minute penalties for shooting. Two of Hakkinen’s penalties came at the final stage, dropping him from the 20s to the 40s. All of Hakkinen’s shooting penalties came while he was standing.

The course featured 6 to 8 inches of slush, making things difficult on the skiers.

“Under the conditions, there was no reason to struggle, so I decided to just race under control and shoot well,” Hakkinen told the U.S. Biathlon Web site. “The prone stages came together well. In the final standing stage, everything felt normal when I set up, but then I suddenly felt all of the fatigue and I missed two.”

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