Fourcade of France makes biathlon history at PyeongChang Olympics

Fourcade holds nerve to defend Olympic biathlon pursuit title

It didn't take Martin Fourcade long to erase an "extremely disappointing" showing at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.

Martin Fourcade of France gained the champion title in the Men's 12.5K Pursuit in PyeongChang.

He then battled it out with Doll, who started sixth, before finishing 3.1 seconds ahead of the 27-year-old, with both claiming their first Olympic medal.

Fourcade said: "I'm very satisfied because it was a big disappointment yesterday for me".

Sprint champion Arnd Peiffer only had a head-start of 4.4 seconds from his win on day two and the German slipped to an eighth-placed finish.

"I will probably miss my career without the Olympics in the sprint".

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

The six-time biathlon world cup victor said: "For me, the finish line today was on the shooting range on the last shoot and I am so satisfied that I shot clean because I spent so much energy on shooting to achieve this kind of lovely shooting". It's his third Olympic gold and fifth overall medal.

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.

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