Martin Fourcade has done it again.
For the second time in these 2014 Winter Olympics the French biathlon skier has won gold, topping the podium in the 20-kilometer race on Thursday, as BBC Sport shares:
Fourcade came in with a time of 49:31.7, taking just one penalty in the shooting portion. Erik Lesser of Germany earned the silver, while Evgeniy Garanichev of Russia took home the bronze.
Lowell Bailey was the United States' top finisher, coming in eighth, while Tim Burke finished 44th, Russell Currier crossed the line in 50th and Leif Nordgren came in 83rd.
Here are the full results:
|7||NOR||Emil Hegle Svendsen||50:30.3|
|31||ITA||Christian de Lorenzi||53:13.1|
|34||NOR||Ole Einar Bjoerndalen||53:21.9|
|35||CAN||Jean Philippe Leguellec||53:25.5|
|37||SWE||Carl Johan Bergman||53:37.5|
Fourcade also won gold in the 12.5-kilometer biathlon, making his Sochi Games a resounding success thus far. He also won silver in the mass start event in the 2010 Vancouver Games.
After winning the 12.5-kilometer, Fourcade talked about the pressure he put on himself to win a medal, saying in a press conference (via Julien Pretot of Reuters), "I had the responsibility (to claim a medal) even if nobody had asked me anything. I did not want the other French athletes to support talks of France not winning a medal. I thought about it this morning."
Meanwhile, Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen—who made history by winning his 12th Olympic medal after taking the gold in the 10-kilometer sprint, tying him for the most biathlon medals ever—finished a distant 34th in this race.
Bjorn Daehlie of Norway previously held the record of 12 medals in cross-country skiing all to himself. And he may yet be pushed off his perch atop the biathlon world if Bjoerndalen can take a medal in one of the three remaining events he'll compete in.
Of course, when asked by Chris Strauss of USA Today if he was feeling any pressure with the record in his sight after winning the 10-kilometer race, he said simply, "Absolutely not."
Coming into the Sochi Games, the big story on the men's side was whether Fourcade could steal the spotlight from Bjoerndalen. It seems safe to say that the pair have shared it thus far.
For the men, the remaining events include the 15-kilometer mass start, the mixed relay and the men's 4x7.5-kilometer relay.
Given his excellent start to the Sochi Games and his silver medal in the mass start in Vancouver, Fourcade will be heavily favored to earn his third gold medal in the event.