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Five for Fourcade as France take mixed relay gold

After a now legendary lunge made him France’s most successful Olympian ever, Martin Fourcade now has five gold medals in his collection.

The 29-year-old held the French flag across the line as his team sailed to victory in the 2x6km women + 2×7.5km mixed relay biathlon.

France were more than 20 seconds clear of second place Norway, with Italy claiming the bronze medal.

How the race was won

It was Italy who led after the first exchange, but the Germany came to the fore, thanks to Laura Dahlmeier.

Already a double gold medallist at PyeongChang, Dahlmeier charged out in front and built a lead of almost half a minute before handing over to the men.

Erik Lesser continued to consolidate their advantage, and before the final handover Germany had a 32.6 second lead over Italy and France.

The Norwegian team was just behind in fourth.

But on the final leg, it did not take long for Fourcade to make his presence felt.

The Frenchman moved ahead after the first prone shoot, and with 2 kilometres to go had built a healthy lead.

Norway moved up to second ahead of Italy as the German challenge faltered.

Fourcade shot a perfect ten out of ten and was able to cruise to victory –¬†France winning with a time of 1 hour, 8 minutes and 34.3 seconds.

Only behind Bjoerndalen

Fourcade was embraced by his team mates Marie Dorin Habert, Anais Bescond and Simon Desthieux after crossing the line.

His third gold medal of the Games had been captured, his fifth in total and his first in relay.

That puts Fourcade second only to the great Norwegian Ole Einar Bjoerndalen in Olympic biathlon.

Bjoerndalen – who failed to qualify for PyeongChang 2018 – has eight golds.



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