Biathlon

Greg Hughes - Monday Feb. 10, 2014 11:00 ET

Martin Fourcade rebounds to win men's biathlon pursuit

Canadian Le Guellec starts strong, falls

Martin Fourcade
France's Martin Fourcade celebrates winning gold in the men’s biathlon 12.5 km pursuit at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center. (Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images)

France's Martin Fourcade has won the gold medal in the men's 12.5 km biathlon pursuit. 

Fourcade had a terrific race, coming in at 33:48.6 and with just one penalty loop.

"It's my childhood dream. I'm so happy it's just incredible," says Fourcade. "I felt confident. I felt unbeatable. On the skis I was like a boxer. It was a good fight."

Fourcade says his win is sweeter because he raced alongside his brother, Simon Fourcade, who finished 18th. 

"Being an Olympian is something wonderful, but sharing it with him is something incredible. My brothers are my main idols. They are my motivation."

Fourcade is joined on the podium by countryman Jean Guillaume Beatrix, who takes the bronze medal with a time of 34:12.8. 

"It was a surprise for me as I was not favourite. In the World Cup, I fight for top 10. I didn't expect a medal before the race," says Beatrix. 

"During the first part of the race, I wasn't nervous. I had to fight until the end. It was not easy but a great fight."

The Czech Republic's Ondrej Moravec takes home a silver medal, coming in at 34:02.7 and as one of only three competitors in the race that had no misses on shots. 

"It's a dream for me," says Moravec. "It was much, much, much more than I expected."

As the first two medallists for France at the Sochi Olympics, Beatrix says both his and Fourcade's medals are special. 

"There is a strong spirit between us."

Le Guellec falls, Smith surges

After a very strong start that at one point had him in the overall lead, Canadian Jean-Philippe Le Guellec fell shortly after his second shooting after gliding down a small hill. Because of the freak accident, he lost significant lead time and ended up finishing in 26th place. 

However, fellow Canadian Nathan Smith showed signs of promise on Monday, finishing 11th and with a time of 34:37.7 and only one penalty loop. 

Brendan Green finished in 35th place with a time of 36:21.2. 

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