Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen finished ninth in a 12.5-kilometer World Cup pursuit on Saturday in Hochfilzen, Austria.
“This is a great day for me and I’m really happy to be back in the top 10,” Hakkinen said in a released statement. “It feels like it’s been awhile.”
The last time Hakkinen got into the top 10 in a World Cup race was during the 2007-08 season, when he finished ninth in a 20-kilometer individual at Kontiolahti, Finland.
Hakkinen started 45th after Thursday’s 10-kilometer sprint. As on Thursday, Hakkinen was able to shoot cleanly. The pursuit is a much more shooting-intensive race, with four rounds of five shots instead of the sprint’s two rounds of five shots.
Hakkinen’s time of 36 minutes, 35.5 seconds, left him 55.2 seconds in back of winner Andreas Birnbacher of Germany. Birnbacher also was flawless on the range.
“The best thing about today’s race was fighting for those top positions and even having the potential to move up even farther,” Hakkinen said. “It was just a great day for me.”