Martin Fourcade Runs Away with Pursuit

14.03.2010, Kontiolahti / Jerrry Kokesh
Personal Best for De Lorenzi in Second
Martin Fourcade of France scored the first World Cup victory of his career today as he left the field behind in the Men’s 12.5K Pursuit competition after shooting clean in the final standing stage. Fourcade had just one penalty in the first prone stage, eventually winning in 32:35.1.

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Clean After First Stage

Fourcade started the competition in second position, but fell back into 14th after picking up a penalty in the first stage. From that point he shot clean moved into the lead in the first standing stage. Coming to the final standing stage, he and Christian De Lorenzi were side-by-side and shot almost simultaneously. The Italian missed a shot while Fourcade shot clean as did his teammate Vincent Jay. Jay and De Lorenzi went out of the stadium together, with Fourcade seventeen seconds ahead of the duo.

 Despite the lead, Fourcade wanted to ensure the victory. “I saw that Vincent was second, 17 seconds back when I left the shooting range. I knew that I could win and went fast at the beginning of the loop.”

 Personal Best

Second went to De Lorenzi, who also scored a personal best and first podium of his career. He got away from Jay on the final steep climb and finished 10.1 seconds back, with one penalty. Olympic Sprint Champion Jay, who shot clean, was third, 5.4 seconds behind the Italian.

 Last Climb

Still, Jay was happy to finish third. Like all of his teammates, he missed a week of training after the Olympics due to illness, yet feels strong and healthy now. “This is the first time I have shot clean in both the Sprint and Pursuit the same week. There were three of us French boys together in the race today. It was a fun and amazing day for me . . . After the last shooting stage, I knew that I could not win, because Martin was too fast. I would have liked to be second, but Christian was too strong on the last climb. So I was third and am happy today.”

Season Best for Bergman

Carl Johan Bergman of Sweden was a close fourth, his best result of the season, with one penalty, 18 seconds back. Ivan Tcherezov of Russia who won the Sprint yesterday finished fifth, with three penalties, 23.4 seconds back. Sixth went to clean-shooting Michal Slesingr of the Czech Republic, 32.9 seconds back. Emil Hegle Svendsen .second in the Sprint missed four shots today resulting in a seventh place finish, 44.5 seconds back, while Pavol Hurajt of Slovakia, also with perfect shooting day finished eighth, 47.7 seconds back.

 Want to Come Back

Like Darya Domracheva, Fourcade was on the podium twice in one World Cup this weekend. “This is my first time in Finland and my first two World Cup podiums and now I want to come back.”

 No Secret

He said the secret to his success this week and in the Olympics was simple. “There is no secret. It is just hard work.”