Dean Campbell - Tuesday Feb. 18, 2014 06:48 ET

Emil Svendsen wins gold in 15K biathlon photo finish

Martin Fourcade of France takes silver

Emil Svendsen and Martin Foucade
Norwegian Emil Svendsen edges Martin Fourcade of France in a photo finish at the end of the men's 15km mass start event. (Harry How/Getty Images)
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Emil Svendsen of Norway won gold in the men's 15km mass start biathlon race Tuesday at the Sochi Olympics in a photo finish against rival Martin Fourcade of France.

Svendsen and Fourcade crossed the line with identical times of 42 minutes, 29.1 seconds, with officials reviewing footage of the finish before declaring Svendsen the victor.

Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic won the bronze medal with a time of 42:42.9.

Svendsen closed with four perfect trips to the shooting range. In three previous events at Sochi, Svendsen's best finish had been seventh place, in both the men's 12.5km pursuit and 20km individual races.

Fourcade, the gold medallist in both the 12.5km pursuit and the 20km individual in Sochi, bobbled on his first trip to the range, missing one target and skiing a lap of the penalty loop.

Canada's Jean-Philippe Le Guellec was in second place at the midpoint of the race, but it appeared he pushed too early as he began to fall away from the lead group. A missed shot on the final trip to the range saw Le Guellec drop back further, and he ultimately finished 10th with a time of 43:41.6.

Brendan Green finished ninth, the best result by a Canadian. Green missed a target on each of the first two trips to the range but picked up his pace to finish inside the top 10.

After missing five targets over the first two trips to the range, Canadian Nathan Smith withdrew from the race. 

Falling snow throughout the race made skiing a challenge and interfered with visibility on the range.

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