Fourcade rediscovers shooting touch in pursuit win

Fourcade rediscovers shooting touch in pursuit win

Fourcade rediscovers shooting touch in pursuit win

After setting alight the biathlon world with her five golds at the 2017 World Championships, German Laura Dahlmeier used her sure-fire marksmanship to win her first Olympic title in tough conditions in Pyeongchang on Saturday.

German biathlete Laura Dahlmeier won the women's 10km pursuit earlier Monday to become the first athlete to win two medals at the PyeongChang Games.

And she became the first woman to complete the Olympic sprint-pursuit double after winning in a time of 30 minutes 35.3 seconds.

Already France's most decorated winter Olympian prior to the race, Fourcade brought his tally to five medals overall including three golds.

"That's my secret! I think it's always the same, in training, in competition, at the Olympics - it's always the same things you do and the only thing that's different is in your mind", she said. However, Dahlmeier kept her nerve as the two arrived at the same time for the third shoot, hitting all five targets, while Kuzmina had two misses - ending her hopes of the gold medal. "I just tried to stay focused and now I'm here again", said an ecstatic Dahlmeier.

Dahlmeier made no mistake in the fourth and final shoot, as a flawless round allowed her to finish well ahead of the pack.

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"I am very happy, because this medal is my first big medal in an individual race".

"It's the same in any pressure race".

"I wanted the gold yesterday and I missed, so I was really disappointed and today I am so satisfied I left it as a champion".

Army officer Fourcade, 29, beat Sweden's Sebastian Samuelsson into second place with Germany's Benedikt Doll taking the bronze.

Samuelsson and Doll fought it out for the silver medal and the 20-year-old Swede powered past the German as they approached the ski stadium for the final time before holding on for second place, 12 seconds behind the victor.

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