Hakkinen finishes World Cup season

Sports Briefs

Posted: Monday, March 19, 2007

Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen finished up his World Cup season by taking 57th in a 12.5-kilometer pursuit in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia, on Saturday. Hakkinen had six penalties to finish 5 minutes, 41.8 seconds, in back of the leader.

On Thursday, Hakkinen took 53rd in a 10-kilometer sprint race, with three penalties.

The U.S. men ended the season in 10th place in the Nations Cup, the best finish ever for the Americans. The finish was due to the emergence of Tim Burke of Paul Smiths, N.Y., this season. Burke finished 25th in the overall World Cup standings, the best finish ever for an American. The previous best had been by Hakkinen in 2005. Hakkinen, who was slowed by illness earlier this season, finished 41st in the World Cup standings.

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