Fourcade wins 2nd biathlon gold of Sochi Olympics
Lake Placid native Lowell Bailey places 8th
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia Martin Fourcade won his second gold medal of the Sochi Olympics on Thursday, overcoming one penalty minute to win the men's 20-kilometer individual race.
The French biathlete, who also won the 12.5K pursuit Monday, finished in 49 minutes, 31.7 seconds after missing one target in his second shooting.
Erik Lesser of Germany shot cleanly throughout and came 12.2 seconds behind to take silver for his first individual medal at a major championship. Yevgeny Garanichev of Russia earned bronze, finishing 34.5 off the lead after faulting once in his final shooting.
The 2010 gold medalist, Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway, shot clean in the first two rounds but missed his 12th target and trailed Fourcade by 58.6 seconds in seventh.
Olympic Biathlon Results— Men's 20km
(Penalties in parentheses)
1. Martin Fourcade, France, 49:31.7 (1).
2. Erik Lesser, Germany, 49:43.9 (0).
3. Evgeniy Garanichev, Russia, 50:06.2 (1).
4. Simon Eder, Austria, 50:09.5 (1).
5. Dominik Landertinger, Austria, 50:14.2 (0).
6. Jean Guillaume Beatrix, France, 50:15.5 (1).
7. Emil Hegle Svendsen, Norway, 50:30.3 (1).
8. Lowell Bailey, Lake Placid, N.Y., 50:57.4 (1).
Other U.S. Finishers
44. Tim Burke, Paul Smiths, N.Y., 54:21.2 (4).
50. Russell Currier, Stockholm, Maine, 55:07.5 (4).
83. Leif Nordgren, Marine on St. Croix, Minn., 58:47.6 (6).