- Biathlon is one of the more gruelling sports of the Winter Olympics and the men’s 15km mass start came down to a photo finish.
- France’s Martin Fourcade was awarded the gold medal by mere millimetres.
- The finish produced some great images.
Biathlon is one of the more gruelling sports of the Winter Olympics, combing the endurance of cross-country skiing with the ability to control nerves and precision while shooting rifles at a small target.
It is a unique sport that has its roots in hunting and militaries of northern European countries.
On Sunday, the men’s 15 kilometer mass start came down to centimeters and a photo finish and it also showed just how exhausting the sport can be.
After nearly 40 minutes of gruelling action, Martin Fourcade of France (in bib No. 2) and Simon Schempp of Germany stretched for the finish line.
After all the skiing and shooting, it came down to a photo finish and the gold was awarded to Fourcade (via Seven Network in Australia).
In what is a common sight at the end of cross-country and biathlon events, Fourcade and Schempp just collapsed in the snow after crossing the finish line.
Fourcade, who was the flag bearer for France during the opening ceremony, did find enough energy later on to do a leap for joy during the victory ceremony.
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