Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

WEB NEWS

France's top consumer group sues Internet giants

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users pay tribute to South Korea ferry victims

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

A landslide victory for the 'invisible candidate' in Algeria's Presidential polls

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014 (part 2)

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Presidential adviser resigns over "shoe-shine scandal"

Read more

#THE 51%

Breaking stereotypes

Read more

#TECH 24

Galaxy S5 v. HTC One (M8): Which is the right one for you?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

New PM Manuel Valls outlines priorities

Read more

  • S.Korea president says captain’s action akin to ‘murder’

    Read more

  • Video: Ukraine separatist crisis overshadows Easter celebrations

    Read more

  • The Great War's unsung four-legged heroes

    Read more

  • Why Syria’s cash-strapped jihadists let hostages go

    Read more

  • Ukraine rebels call for Russian troops after deadly clash

    Read more

  • UK’s Hamilton cruises to victory at Chinese Grand Prix

    Read more

  • Freed French journalists arrive home after Syria ordeal

    Read more

  • Syria’s Assad visits recaptured Christian town at Easter

    Read more

  • In pictures: French kite festival takes flight

    Read more

  • Le Pen’s National Front fail to woo Britain’s Eurosceptics

    Read more

  • PSG clinch fourth League Cup title after beating Lyon

    Read more

  • Militants kill Algerian soldiers in deadly ambush

    Read more

  • Scores killed in South Sudan cattle raid

    Read more

  • VIDEO: Anti-Semitic leaflets in Eastern Ukraine condemned

    Read more

  • Bouteflika, the ghost president

    Read more

  • Does Valls’ upcoming Vatican trip violate French secularism?

    Read more

  • Ukraine separatists say ‘not bound’ by Geneva deal

    Read more

  • Abel Ferrara’s hotly awaited DSK film to premiere on web

    Read more

  • Obama signs bill to block controversial Iran diplomat from UN post

    Read more

  • Astronomers discover Earth-like planet that could support life

    Read more

  • In pictures: Iranian woman pardons son’s killer at the gallows

    Read more

Sport

Sochi 2014: Fourcade wins first French gold in men's 12.5K pursuit

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-02-10

Martin Fourcade won France’s first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics on Monday with his victory in the biathlon 12.5km pursuit. Another Frenchman Jean-Guillaume Beatrix took the bronze.

Overall World Cup leader Fourcade, starting sixth, shot an almost perfect 19 out of 20 and produced an impressive display on the skis to beat silver medallist Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic by 14.1 seconds.

Another Frenchman, Jean-Guillaume Beatrix, came back from 14th on the starting line to claim bronze and deny Norway's Bjoerndalen a record-breaking medal.

The two Frenchmen, who have been friends since childhood according to the AFP, embraced at the finish line.

Bjoerndalen, who had carried his time advantage into the pursuit after winning Saturday's sprint, made three mistakes in the shooting.

Fourcade, 25, was a silver medallist in the mass start event in Vancouver four years ago. This year, he wiped out a six-second deficit at the start to arrive first on the range for the first of four shooting sessions.

Bjoerndalen shot much quicker than the Frenchman and reclaimed the lead but lost ground when he made his first mistake in the second prone shooting session.

He made further mistakes in each of the two standing shooting sessions and the resulting 150-metre penalty loops took their toll on the Norwegian.

Moravec shot a perfect 20 out of 20 but could not match Fourcade's devilish pace on the skis.

Fourcade made no mistake in the final shooting stage and knew gold it was in the bag, clinching his fist as he began his celebrations.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS and AFP)
 

Date created : 2014-02-10

  • WINTER OLYMPICS 2014

    Russia wins first gold on day two of Sochi Olympics

    Read more

  • WINTER OLYMPICS 2014

    Austria's Mayer wins downhill skiing gold

    Read more

  • WINTER OLYMPICS 2014

    Sochi Olympics get off to surprising start

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)