Svendsen and the Frenchman reached the final straight together
but the Norwegian seemed to have sealed victory when he pulled away
in the sprint for the line.
But Fourcade fought back to lunge towards the finish — the first
binding to cross the line determining the winner — just as Svendsen
raised his arms in celebration.
The official television feed initially showed Fourcade, who had
earlier claimed the 20km individual and 12.5km pursuit titles, as
A photo finish was called and Svendsen, who had disappointed in the
first three races here, was awarded the victory after his 20km
individual and relay golds in Vancouver in 2010.
Czech Ondrej Moravec took the bronze in a race that had been
postponed twice because of fog.
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Norwegian Ole Einar Bjoerndalen missed out on a record 13th Winter
Games medal when he made two mistakes at the final shooting and
The start was delayed by 15 minutes because of snow before Fourcade
and Bjoerndalen made one and two mistakes respectively on the first
Bjoerndalen made huge efforts to catch the leading group, which he
paid for at the final standing shooting.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; editing by Robert Woodward)
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