Biathlon - Fourcade closes worlds with third gold

Martin Fourcade ensured his dominance at the IBU Biathlon World Championships continued until the end as he won gold medal number three on the final day in Ruhpolding.

Biathlon - Fourcade closes worlds with third gold

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France's Martin Fourcade (L) hugs his brother Simon after winning the men's 15 km mass start race at the Biathlon World Championships in Ruhpolding

Fourcade has been the form male in Germany opening his individual campaign with gold in the 10km sprint eight days ago and repeating the trick in the 12.5km pursuit a day later.

He let Jakov Fak steal the headlines in the 20km individual, finishing 25th, but did set himself up nicely for the closing 15km mass start by taking 4x7.5km relay silver on Friday.

And 48 hours later Fourcade ended the World Championships as he started them powering to gold in the 15km mass start despite two misses in the range – one in the prone and one in the standing.

He recorded a winning time of 38:25.4minutes with Bjorn Ferry taking silver exactly three seconds behind after shooting clear while Swedish teammate Fredrik Lindstrom claimed bronze.

Lindstrom was just 0.4 seconds shy of Ferry in a thrilling final men’s race with Andreas Birnbacher fourth and Fourcade’s older brother Simon once place further back in fifth.

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