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Biathlon: Martin Fourcade Wins Mixed Relay Olympic Gold

Biathlon: Martin Fourcade Wins Mixed Relay Olympic Gold

Martin Fourcade of France had another awe-inspiring performance on Tuesday, claiming the gold in the Olympic biathlon Mixed Relay event with a come-from-behind win. This victory marked Fourcade’s third gold medal of the PyeongChang Winter Games. He has set the French Olympic gold medal record with five medals overall (Fourcade won two gold medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics). Only biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen of Norway, with eight, has more Olympic gold medals in the biathlon than Fourcade.

The 29 year old Fourcade’s skill with a rifle and speed on skis was on showcase, shooting a clean score in this second-ever Mixed Relay event. He was in top form, erasing the French team’s nearly 38-second deficit on the final leg of the relay by hitting all 10 shots. Fourcade was the anchor for the French biathlon team, which is comprised of himself, Marie Dorin Habert, Anais Bescond and Simon Desthieux.

"[It is] a big win for the team and all of the crew," said Fourcade. "There is nothing that means more than when you can share the gold with your teammates."

There are two more biathlon events left in PyeongChang—the Women’s 4x6 km relay Thursday, February 22, and the Men’s 4x7.5 km relay on Friday, February 23.

Lead photo courtesy of Wikijunkie

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