Kasilof’s Jay Hakkinen finished his World Cup biathlon season with a 53rd-place finish in the 10-kilometer sprint Thursday at the Holmenkollen Ski Stadium in Oslo, Norway.
The 10-kilometer sprint has a prone stage and a standing stage. For each of five targets that are not hit at each stage, the athlete skis a 150-meter penalty loop. Hakkinen had two misses at the prone stage and shot cleanly at the standing stage.
His finish was good enough to qualify for Saturday’s 12.5-kilometer pursuit, but Hakkinen did not race in the pursuit.
The World Cup biathlon season ended Sunday with the 15-kilometer mass start. Hakkinen finished 37th in the World Cup standings with 120 points, with Norwegian Ole Einar Bjoerndalen winning the World Cup title with 812 points. A measure of just how dominating Europeans are in biathlon comes from the fact that Hakkinen was the top non-European finisher in the standings.
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