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Lucky 13 for Martin Fourcade in Finland

Lucky 13 for Fourcade in Finland
By Sportsbeat

10/03/2017 at 16:57Updated 10/03/2017 at 17:15

Martin Fourcade claimed his 13th biathlon World Cup win of the season as he triumphed in the men's sprint in Kontiolahti, Finland.

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The Frenchman had already secured a sixth overall World Cup title of his storied career last weekend but didn't let up over the 10km course.

He covered the course in 22:17.0 minutes with just one shooting fault to edge out Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic, who was looking for a second World Cup victory of his career, by a little over half a second.

Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen was 9.4 seconds back but still rounded out the podium, finishing narrowly ahead of compatriot Johannes Thingnes Boe.

The Kontiolahti round of the World Cup had been originally scheduled to be held in the Russian city of Tyumen but was moved amid the allegations of widespread doping and cover-ups in Russian sport.

And Fourcade admits it was a particularly special victory for him.

"I love this track, this is where I had my first win," he explained. "Today was just perfect Scandinavian conditions."

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