Published January 08, 2015
Krasnaya Polyana, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - France's Martin Fourcade won a second biathlon gold, capturing the men's 20-kilometer individual event on Thursday.
Fourcade also won the pursuit gold on Monday.
Germany's Erik Lessler finished second to claim the silver medal, while Russian Evgeniy Garanichev took the bronze.
Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen was never factor, missing one target on each of his four shooting rounds. The penalties left the 12-time Winter Olympic medalist in 34th place. He remains tied with countryman Bjorn Daehlie, the retired cross-country skier, for the most Winter Olympic medals.
While Bjoerndalen struggled, Fourcade was nearly perfect.
The Frenchman overcame a missed target in his second round of shooting to finish in a time of 49 minutes, 31.7 seconds. Lesser was clean throughout his shooting, but still finished 12.2 seconds behind.
Garanichev also missed once and was 34.5 seconds behind the winner. He did finish 3.3 seconds ahead of Austria's Simon Eder to collect the bronze.
Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen, the 2010 Olympic champion, missed once and finished a distant seventh.
Lowell Bailey was the top American in eighth place, while the top Canadian was Brendan Green in 21st.