Biathlon - Title for Fourcade after win in Russia

Martin Fourcade sealed his maiden IBU Biathlon overall World Cup title in style with a dominant performance in the men’s 12.5km pursuit in Khanty-Mansiysk.

Biathlon - Title for Fourcade after win in Russia

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France's Martin Fourcade celebrates with the trophy after winning the men's 12.5 km pursuit event of the Biathlon Word Cup in the Siberian city of Khanty-Mansiysk, on March 17, 2012.

The Olympic silver medallist from Vancouver came into the pursuit knowing that a seventh-place finish would be enough to grab the crystal globe for the 23-year-old.

But rather than remain conservative Fourcade continued his fine recent form that saw him win three golds at the World Championships earlier this month by storming to the win.

The Frenchman clocked a time of 34:47.1 minutes while Germany’s Arnd Peiffer was second and Fourcade’s nearest rival in the overall standings Emil Hegle Svendsen was third.

The win also sealed the smaller pursuit crystal globe for Fourcade who leads the overall standings on 1090 points with Svendsen 98 point behind.

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