Biathlon - Fourcade closes season with dominant victory

Martin Fourcade brought the biathlon World Cup season to a fitting end with victory in the 15km mass start in Russia to complete a clean sweep of every individual title on offer.

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Martin Fourcade (Imago)

The 24-year-old had the overall, sprint, pursuit and individual World Cup titles wrapped up and effectively the mass start crown too ahead of the curtain closer in Khanty-Mansiysk.

And Fourcade completed a remarkable season in style by taking victory number ten for the mass start title, missing one target in the range to clock a winning time of 41:51.4minutes.

The Frenchman lapped up the applause on the home straight taking his national flag and delaying his cross of the finish line as seven biathletes battled for second place behind him.

Dominik Landertinger took the runners-up spot 13.9seconds adrift of Fourcade in total with overall World Cup runner-up Emil Hegle Svendsen completing the top three another 3.4 behind.

American Tim Burke placed fourth another 0.3 adrift with Simon Eder fifth by 0.8, Simon Fourcade sixth by 0.2 and Tarjei Boe seventh 20.5 behind in total in Khanty-Mansiysk.

Martin Fourcade led after a clear shoot first time into the range however a miss on his second trip pushed him down to seventh with Russian Anton Shipulin leading the way.

Shipulin still led after a third clear shoot however Martin Fourcade was back to his best to move up to second 2.3seconds behind before retaking first place shortly after.

His margin over Shipulin became 32.4seconds by the final shoot, which saw the Frenchman go clear and the Russian miss once and fall away to eighth place overall at the finish.

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