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France's Vincent Jay wins men's biathlon sprint gold

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Latest update : 2010-02-15

France earned its first gold medal of the 2010 Winter Olympics Sunday, when Vincent Jay took first place in the men's 10km biathlon sprint Sunday. Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen took the silver and Croatia's Jakov Fak brought home the bronze.

AFP - Frenchman Vincent Jay won the Olympic men's 10km biathlon sprint gold on Sunday, edging out Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen and Croatia's Jakov Fak.

Jay, 24, produced flawless shooting throughout, hitting all his targets as he saw off favourite Svendsen by 12.2 seconds, with the Norwegian letting himself down with one rifle error.

Fak bagged the bronze 14 seconds off the pace after he hit all his targets in conditions which were clement to begin with before snow began to fall in the latter stages.

It was a case of deja vu for Jay as he won his only World Cup race to date last year on this very piste.

France are once again proving their mettle in the biathlon at these Games with Marie Dorin having taken a bronze in the women's event on Saturday.

However, the French came here with much to live up to after two titles at the 2006 Turin Games, delivered by Vincent Defrasne in the pursuit and Florence Baverel in the sprint.

Date created : 2010-02-14

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