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WINTER OLYMPICS

Fourcade makes French Olympic history in mad dash to the line

Frenchman Martin Fourcade wrote himself into the history books with a second biathlon gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Sunday, snatching victory by a whisker in a dramatic photo finish.

Fourcade makes French Olympic history in mad dash to the line
France's Martin Fourcade celebrates winning gold at the finish line in the men's 15km mass start biathlon event on Sunday. PHOTO: FRANCK FIFE / AFP
Fourcade, 29, who won the pursuit title on Monday, thought he had lost the 15km mass start to Germany's Simon Schempp after the two men battled towards the line in a lung-bursting sprint.
 
They sprawled across the finish and Fourcade slammed his ski stick into the snow and shook his head in frustration, clearly thinking he had lost.
 
But anguish switched to delight when the photo finish gave him the gold, clocking his time at 35min 47.3sec.
 
The German picked up the silver a split second behind while his compatriot Erik Lesser claimed the bronze 11.2sec adrift of Fourcade.
 
Fourcade won two golds at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and with his tally of four now holds the record for the most Winter Olympic gold medals won by a Frenchman. Alpine skier Jean-Claude Killy won three at the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble.

WINTER OLYMPICS

Fourcade scoops record fifth Olympic gold for France

Martin Fourcade became the most decorated French athlete in Olympic history on Tuesday as he helped his country to gold in the biathlon mixed relay in Pyeongchang.

Fourcade scoops record fifth Olympic gold for France
France's Martin Fourcade celebrates during the victory ceremony in the mixed relay biathlon event. Photo: AFP
It was the 29-year-old's fifth Olympic title — and his third in South Korea — as France took the relay title ahead of Norway, in silver, with Italy winning bronze.
   
Fourcade won two golds at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and with his tally of five now holds the record for the most Winter Olympic gold medals won by a Frenchman. Alpine skier Jean-Claude Killy won three at the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble.
 
However, fourth-placed Germany launched an appeal immediately afterwards.