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Biathlete Tim Burke from Paul Smiths finished in 22nd position. NCPR file photo:  Nancie Battaglia
Biathlete Tim Burke from Paul Smiths finished in 22nd position. NCPR file photo: Nancie Battaglia

Sochi: Burke, Bailey finish biathlon run 22nd, 38th

The US Olympic team was hoping that biathlete Tim Burke from Paul Smiths might break out with the kind of race that would put him on the podium today.

But mid-morning -- early evening Sochi time -- Burke got bottled up in the pack on Sochi's nordic track and finished in 22nd position.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

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Lowell Bailey from Lake Placid, a member of the US biathlon team, skiing in Vancouver in 2010. NCPR file photo: Nancie Battaglia
Lowell Bailey from Lake Placid, a member of the US biathlon team, skiing in Vancouver in 2010. NCPR file photo: Nancie Battaglia
His final time was 1 minute and 48 seconds behind the leader, Martin Fourcade of France.

Burke was the top American in the 12.5k sprint.

Coming in second for the US was Lowell Bailey from Lake Placid, who was 38th overall, with a time 2 minutes and 46 seconds behind the leader.

Bailey had three shooting errors to Burke's two penalties.

Both North Country athletes have their next shot on the snow on Thursday in the men's individual 20k race.

Find all of NCPR's reporting on the North Country in Sochi here.

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