Biathlon - Fourcade storms to victory in men's pursuit


Dahlmeier earned her second straight gold medal at these Olympics by winning the women's 10 pursuit at the Alpensia Biathlon Centre in PyeongChang, South Korea. The Belarusian athletes missed out on the podium, BelTA has learned.

Everything changed at 6km, the second shooting bout, when Kuzmina missed one of her shots and Dahlmeier shot clean.

To add to the excitement, the race for second place was a real thriller, with Slovakia's Anastasiya Kuzmina pipping Anais Bescond of France to the finish line by a mere 0.2 seconds.

Nadezhda Skardino showed the best time among the Belarusian competitors, finishing 14th after starting 36th, 2:07.4 behind the victor.

The Frenchman finished in 32 minutes, 51.7 seconds, and after missing three shots in the 10km sprint, Fourcade missed just one Monday. Belarus will field Vladimir Chepelin, Anton Smolsky and Sergei Bocharnikov.

With the gold, Fourcade becomes the first biathlete - male or female - to successfully defend their gold medal in the pursuit since its introduction to the Olympics at the 2002 Salt Lake Games.

Bronze medal victor Veronika Vitkova was also pleased, despite missing out on silver by just 1.6 seconds.

Fourcade had endured a nightmare start to his Pyeongchang 2018 campaign as three errors on the shooting range in yesterday's sprint scuppered his chances of a medal in both events. Doll's bronze is Germany's fourth medal of the PyeongChang Games and its third in biathlon. She won her first world championship title in the relay in 2015, and followed that up with her first individual victory, in the pursuit in 2016.

It was a quite stunning performance from the 24-year-old, who also claimed the first biathlon gold of the Games in the 7.5km event two days earlier, as she completed an unprecedented women's sprint-pursuit double.