Biathlon

Saturday Feb. 8, 2014 10:57 ET

Ole Einar Bjørndalen takes gold in biathlon sprint

Norwegian wins his seventh gold medal

Ole Einar Bjørndalen
Ole Einar Bjørndalen wins at his sixth Olympic Games. (ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Norway’s Ole Einar Bjørndalen has won his seventh Olympic gold medal in men’s biathlon.

The 40-year-old Bjørndalen, attending his sixth Winter Games, took the prize in the 10-kilometre sprint on Saturday with a time of 24:33.5 and one penalty loop of 150 metres.

"It was really good, it was a good race. I felt well and it was almost perfect," says Bjørndalen. "It was important for me. I think I'm in the best shape this year for me. It was the goal for me to be prepared for the race, this championship."

Bjørndalen says he wasn't rattled by his one missed shot during the race. 

"That happens sometimes, but I went onto the next target and it was really good."

Austria’s Dominik Landertinger earned a silver with a time of 24:34.8, while the Czech Republic’s Jaroslav Soukup finished with the bronze at 24:39.2.

Canada’s Jean-Philippe Le Guellec earned his best ever finish at an Olympics, ending up in fifth place with a time of 24:43.2 and no penalties. 

'I am disappointed'  

Martin Fourcade of France, expected to contend for gold in the 10K sprint, finished in sixth place. 

"I was expecting better. Already one miss, I'm a bit angry but there are still five more races," says Fourcade. "I will go to my room, cry a bit and think about tomorrow."

Fourcade also praised gold-medalist Bjørndalen for his performance on Saturday, claiming he was "one of the ones who trusted" Bjørndalen to take his own path when it comes to knowing when to quit competing. 

"Last year, everybody talked about him and that he needed to retire. Today he shut the mouths of all the people who were speaking about him," says Fourcade. 

Other Canadians in the 10K had strong performances in a deep field: Nathan Smith finished in 13th place in his first Winter Olympics, while Brendan Green finished in 23rd place. Scott Perras finished in 74th place.


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