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Emil Hegle Svendsen
This has been an Olympics to remember for Martin Fourcade of France.
The skier/shooter picked up his second gold medal as he won the individual 20-kilometer biathlon, just three days after winning the 12.5-KM pursuit.
Fourcade was expected to do well in the pursuit, but he was not one of the favorites in the 20-KM race. The Frenchman won the race with an impressive time of 49.31.7, and that included one penalty that was assessed during his shooting.
Fourcade still beat Erik Lesser of Germany by more than 12 seconds. The bronze medal went to Evgeniy Garanichev of Russia, who finished the race in 50:06.2 and was also assessed a penalty.
Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway won the gold medal in this event in Vancouver four years ago, and he was considered a heavy favorite to win. However, he finished in seventh, nearly a full minute behind Fourcade.
American Lowell Bailey had an impressive eighth-place performance, finishing less than five seconds behind Svendsen.
Americans Tim Burke and Leif Nordgren finished 44th and 83rd, respectively.
Gold: Martin Fourcade, France
Silver: Erik Lesser, Germany
Bronze: Evgeniy Garanichev, Russia
Update: by Steve Silverman
Norwegian biathlete Emil Hegle Svendsen is a titan in the sport and enters the competition as a prohibitive favorite. The 28-year-old earned a gold medal in this event at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
Svendsen collected three total medals in 2010, including another gold in the 4x7.5-kilometer relay. He placed ninth in the 10-kilometer sprint last Saturday.
All eyes will be on fellow Norway native Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, who is one medal shy of setting the all-time Winter Games career record. He enters the event with 12 total medals in six Olympic appearances.
Bjoerndalen, a seven-time gold medalist, tied the historic mark with a first-place finish in the 10-kilometer race. After the race, he said, via NBC Sports' Nick Zaccardi, “I am satisfied now. … I made my gold and that’s cool.” Still, it's doubtful that he'll be taking it easy in the 20-kilometer race.
Russian Evgeny Ustyugov aims to reach the podium after missing out on bronze by eight-tenths of a second in Vancouver.
Gold: Emil Hegle Svendsen, Norway
Silver: Evgeny Ustyugov, Russia
Bronze: Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, Norway