France’s Martin Fourcade bagged his second gold of the Sochi Olympics, while Norway’s Ole Einar Bjoerndalen finished 34th in his second attempt to earn a record-breaking 13th Winter Olympic medal.
Fourcade’s run, which featured one penalty, was 12.2 seconds faster than silver medalist Erik Lesser of Germany (no penalties). Evgeniy Garanichev gave the home crowd a thrill with a bronze-medal run, finishing 34.5 seconds back of the leader on one penalty.
As for Bjoerndalen, he missed four targets (one in each range) in a distance event he wasn’t really expected to contend for a medal in. He wound up finishing 3:50.2 back of Fourcade.
Team USA-wise, Lowell Bailey delivered an eighth-place performance in the men’s 20km individual event that now stands as the best-ever individual result for the U.S. in an Olympic biathlon event.
The previous top mark belonged to Jeremy Teela, who finished ninth in the men’s 10km sprint…
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