Pyeongchang - Frenchman Martin Fourcade claimed the biathlon pursuit gold medal and a place in history at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Monday.
Army officer Fourcade, 29, beat Sweden's Sebastian Samuelsson into second place with Germany's Benedikt Doll taking the bronze.
Following his upset eighth place in the sprint on Monday, Fourcade
collected only one penalty point for shooting in blustery, freezing
conditions and crossed the line with 12 seconds to spare over
Already France's most decorated winter Olympian prior to the race,
Fourcade brings his tally to five medals overall including three golds.
With that tally of golds he joins alpine skier Jean-Claude Killy on
three Olympic titles, a French all-time record.
Killy took three golds
at the Grenoble Games in 1968.
Fourcade's win was France's second gold medal of the Games after Perrine Laffont's women's moguls win on Sunday.
The French flag-bearer at the opening ceremony, Fourcade could grab
more. He is a starter in four more events and is favourite two win two