Winter Olympics 2018: Martin Fourcade claims biathlon pursuit gold, slice of history in Pyeongchang

Fourcade was already France's most decorated winter Olympian prior to the race, and brought his tally to five medals overall including three golds.

AFP February 12, 2018 19:31:45 IST
Winter Olympics 2018: Martin Fourcade claims biathlon pursuit gold, slice of history in Pyeongchang

Pyeongchang: Frenchman Martin Fourcade claimed the biathlon pursuit gold medal and a place in history at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Monday.

Winter Olympics 2018 Martin Fourcade claims biathlon pursuit gold slice of history in Pyeongchang

France's Martin Fourcade smiles after the men's biathlon pursuit event during the Winter Olympics 2018. AFP

Army officer Fourcade, 29, beat Sweden's Sebastian Samuelsson into second place with Germany's Benedikt Doll taking the bronze.

Following his upset eighth place in the sprint on Monday, Fourcade collected only one penalty point for shooting in blustery, freezing conditions and crossed the line with 12 seconds to spare over Samuelsson.

Already France's most decorated winter Olympian prior to the race, Fourcade brought his tally to five medals overall including three golds.

With that tally of golds he joins alpine skier Jean-Claude Killy on three Olympic titles, a French all-time record. Killy took three golds at the Grenoble Games in 1968.

Fourcade's win was France's second gold medal of the Games after Perrine Laffont's women's moguls win Sunday.

The French flag-bearer at the opening ceremony, Fourcade could grab more. He is a starter in four more events and is favourite to win two of them.

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