French Fourcade wins gold in pursuit of the Games-2018
The Frenchman Martin Fourcade, in third position during the biathlon pursuit event of the Pyeongchang Olympic Games, in South Korea, on February 12, 2018
Martin Fourcade won a new Olympic title in pursuit of biathlon, the third gold of his career, this Monday in Pyeongchang, which allows him to match Jean-Claude Killy as the most successful French athlete in a Winter Games.
The French idol, who could only finish eighth on Sunday in the sprint, took the rematch to offer his country the third medal in this Olympic edition, after the gold of Perrine Laffine in potholes and the bronze Anaïs Bescond also in pursuit of biathlon.
Fourcade surpassed the surprising Swedish Sebastian Samuelsson, silver, and the German Benedikt Doll, bronze.
Killy, hero of the Games of Grenoble 1968, achieved his triplet in alpine skiing (descent, slalom and giant slalom). Half a century later another Frenchman has achieved three golds.
Olympic chase and individual champion in Sochi 2014, Fourcade got the gold in his second test in Pyeongchang-2018.
Bearer of the French delegation, he has a total of five Olympic medals, because he also got the silver in the start-up in Vancuver 2010 and in Sochi 2014.
After leaving with 22 seconds of disadvantage over the head of the race – the German Arnd Peiffer, winner of the sprint, Fourcade had time to raise his fist after his last shot and take a French flag in the last meters, to finish with 12 seconds on Samuelsson and 15 on Doll.