France's Martin Fourcade holds nerve to clinch biathlon pursuit gold

France's Martin Fourcade holds nerve to clinch biathlon pursuit gold

France's Martin Fourcade displayed incredible accuracy at the Alpensia Biathlon Centre, twice hitting the target five times out of five, to retain his title in the men's biathlon 12.5km pursuit on Monday 12 February at Pyeongchang 2018. After stunning upsets in the men's race on Sunday, overall gold medal favorite Martin Fourcade will start the race 24 seconds behind the sprint victor.

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

Just 37 seconds separated the top 15 going into the event - with Fourcade starting eighth - and it was Austria's Julian Eberhard who found himself ahead of a trio of Germans after the first shooting, but then narrowly trailed initial race leader Arnd Peiffer going into the second bout. It was the one that I have never won at the Olympics.

Fourcade, who won the pursuit in Sochi four years ago, clocked 32 minutes and 51.7 seconds to take the gold, beating Sebastian Samuelsson of Sweden to second place in 33:03.7. "And today I'm really proud and really satisfied to win my third gold in the Olympics".

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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