Martin Fourcade dominates the men’s 20km individual in Nove Mesto and grabs his fifth title of World Champion. He wins ahead of another member of Team Rossignol, Tim Burke from USA. Fredrik Lindstrom completes the podium. Martin Fourcade has now succeeded in the fourth individual’s disciplines in biathlon with the gold medal of the sprint, pursuit, mass start and individual. On Saturday, he will try to get the gold medal with the French Team in relay.
Interview Martin Fourcade
"I was confident from morning. There was a lot of electricity in the air...I was so focused. I knew that I just had to listen and follow my body. I watched the Alpine skiing today and saw a countryman win the Gold and thought, 'It is a good day for French skiing today.' It was good day for me."
Tim Burke takes the silver medal, giving the USA only its second World Championships medal ever since Josh Thompson in 1987.
Interview Tim Burke
Riders in this news : Martin FOURCADE
Norway’s Emil Svendsen claimed his second individual Gold medal in the men’s pursuit today with a furious sprint in the final 100 meters to edge France’s Martin Fourcade by one-tenth-of-a-second and 2,4 centimetres. Anton Shipulin finished third.
Despite his three silver medals since the beginning of these World Championships, Martin Fourcade was a little sad to loose his titles of World Champion: "I am disappointed; it was really hard for me to lose today. I felt very good today. When I saw him in the last meters I knew it would be hard to beat him... I will think about this 2.4 cm everyday when I train next summer."
Riders in this news : Martin FOURCADE
Martin Fourcade (Rossignol) doesn’t preserve his title of World Champion in the Sprint but takes the silver medal ahead of Jakov Fak. Emil Svendsen becomes World Champion.
Martin Fourcade after the race
Interview of Jean-Guillaume Béatrix (Rossignol), 20th of the Sprint
During the first race of the Biathlon World Championships in Nove Mesto, Team Rossignol was well represented in the mixed relay. Marie-Laure Brunet, Marie Dorin-Habert and Martin Fourcade – with Alexis Bœuf – take the silver medal! Norwegian relay (Tora Berger, Synnoeve Solemdal, Tarjei Boe et Emil Svendsen) becomes World Champion. At home, Czech Republic Team (Veronika Vitkova, Gabriela Soukalova, Jaroslav Soukup et Ondrej Morvace) ends third.
Listen the interview of the two French biathletes after the race
In biathlon and in cross-country, for the men and the women, Team Rossignol has put ten racers on the podium this week-end! Here is the summary of each competition.
Podium Biathlon Women
2. Russia with Olga Zaitseva (Rossignol)
3. France with Marie-Laure Brunet and Marie Dorin-Habert (Rossignol)
Russian relay composed by Glazyrina, Zaitseva, Shumilova and Vilukhina take the second place like last week in Ruhpolding. Second of Oberhof’s relay 15 gays ago, girls of the French Team Anais Bescond, Sophie Boilley, Marie-Laure Brunet and Marie Dorin-Habert end finally third of this 4x6km relay of Antholz. It was the last stage before Nove Mesto World Championships.
Podium Biathlon Men
1. France with Martin Fourcade and Jean-Guillaume Beatrix (Rossignol)
After his demonstration in Ruhpolding, French relay has shown that he was stronger and stronger just before the World Championships. As last year, Simon Fourcade, Jean-Guillaume Béatrix, Alexis Bœuf and Martin Fourcade take the lead of Antholz-Anterselva’s relay ahead of Russians and Austrians.
Podium Cross-Country Women
1. Norway I
2. Finland with Aino Kaisa Saarinen (Rossignol)
3. Norway II with Martina Hagen and Astrid Jacobsen (Rossignol)
Podium Cross-Country Men
1. Norway with Eldar Roenning (Rossignol)
3. CZE with Martin Jaks (Rossignol)
Eldar Roenning and his teammates are reached one of our goals with this victory in relay. They want to catch the gold medal in Val di Fiemme World Championships and they’ve shown a strong team in la Clusaz. Russian’s Alexander Legkov and Ilia Chernousov end just off the podium because of Chernousov’s fall just before the finish line.
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