Fourcade kicks off individual defence in style
Martin Fourcade picked up from where he left off as the reigning overall World Cup champion kicked off his individual defence with victory in the 20km event in Oestersund, Sweden..
Despite two penalties Frenchman Fourcade claimed a dominant victory, winning in 51:33.8 minutes, 29.5 seconds ahead of runner-up Johannes Thingnes Boe of Norway.
And in third place was Vladimir Chepelin of Belarus, who was able to celebrate a first-ever World Cup podium finish as he came home 1:24.3 minutes behind Fourcade with one penalty.
Fourcade started well and set the early pace, however two misses in the first standing stage saw Boe take the lead after hitting all ten targets.
But Fourcade then hit all five in the second prone round to get back into contention, and as Boe battled the wind late on the Frenchman powered to the victory.
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