Birnbacher overcame the favourite, Simon Fourcade, to complete a stunning victory.
The Frenchman set the early pace as 19 men cleared the first round of shooting without a penalty but heading into the final stage it was just Birnbacher and Slovakia’s Klemen Bauer who preserved their faultless round.
But three penalties from the Slovakian handed the initiative to Birnbacher who finished in a time of 38:34.6 – nearly 25 seconds clear of Fourcade and a farther five ahead of the fast finishing Emil Hegle Svendsen.
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- Simon Fourcade
- Klemen Bauer