PARIS (Reuters) – Martin Fourcade joined a choose membership of triple champions by profitable the Olympic biathlon pursuit on Monday and is on track to become probably the most profitable French Olympian.
Victory within the 20km particular person or the mass begin would take him previous Jean-Claude Killy (Alpine snowboarding), Paul Masson (biking), Felicia Ballanger (monitor biking), Marie-Jose Perec (athletics) and Tony Estanguet (canoeing) who all gained three particular person Olympic titles.
Fourcade dissatisfied within the dash occasion when he completed eighth after three capturing errors, the primary time this season he did not make the rostrum, however he reacted in type within the pursuit so as to add to his two titles from Sochi 4 years in the past.
“The master has spoken. Martin is a great champion,” stated Killy, who gained his three gold medals on the Grenoble Olympics in 1968.
Biathlon nice Ole-Einar Bjoerndalen, who didn’t qualify for Pyeongchang however has eight Olympic titles to his identify, has little doubt Fourcade will declare extra medals.
“This victory does not make him more favorite for the other races. Martin is the hyper favorite for every race anyway,” the Norwegian informed French sports activities each day L‘Equipe.
Fourcade’s brother Simon, a biathlon world champion, has little question there will probably be extra titles for Martin.
“He can manage his emotions like no one else and that’s something he’s been doing since he was a kid,” he informed L‘Equipe.
“Now he feels free and I don’t need to tell anyone what it can result in.”
Fourcade’s first alternative will probably be on Thursday with the 20km particular person occasion and his second comes within the mass begin three days later.
Reporting by Julien Pretot,; Editing by Ed Osmond