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Martin Fourcade: Frenchman becomes five-time Olympic champion in mixed team relay

Fourcade skis into record books with fifth Olympic gold

20/02/2018 at 11:32Updated 20/02/2018 at 15:47

Martin Fourcade continued his historic gold medal run for France as he carried the Biathlon mixed relay team home with a phenomenal final leg in PyeongChang.

It was the 11-time World Champion's third gold of the 2018 Winter Olympics, after he pinched the top podium place on the line in a dramatic end to the 15km mass start on Sunday and claimed his first gold in the 12.5km pursuit last week.

The 29 year-old, who is the only Biathlete in history to win six consecutive World Cup titles, will add his PyeongChang golden hat-trick to the two gold medals he won in Sochi four years ago to become France's most successful Olympian with a haul of five Olympic titles.

Germany led for a majority of the women's 6km legs and the men's 7.5km stretches, before Fourcade overtook Arnd Peiffer with an imperious run of shooting at the final gate to open up an unassailable 30-second gap.

With no challenger in sight, Fourcade collected a French flag on the final straight and waved it across the finish line.

Norway chased down the silver medal while Italy edged Germany off the podium by three tenths of a second to snatch a bronze medal from their grasp.