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Martin Fourcade ends career with pursuit win, but finishes second in World Cup

The Frenchman won an event ten years to the day after his first victory on the circuit. It is the epilogue of an incredible and successful career.

A farewell in gold, ten years to the day after his first victory on the circuit. Martin Fourcade won the pursuit of Kontiolahti (Finland) on Saturday March 14th, but he will have to settle for second place in the general classification of the World Cup, behind the Norwegian Johannes Boe. The French driver was forced to complete the perfect race to make up 19 points behind his rival. He passed close to the feat, ultimately failing two short lengths from the Norwegian.

“If I learned something in his career, it is that the body and the spirit are capable of things that one does not suspect”, he reacted on the L'Equipe channel. Qualifying himself “extremely lucky”, he added that it was “time to” put the skis away and go home to enjoy two little girls “.

Martin Fourcade did not win an 8th big crystal globe, but he left the scene on an 83rd success in front of two other Frenchmen, Quentin Fillon-Maillet and Emilien Jacquelin. French had announced the day before his decision to hang up the skis and rifle at the end of the season. It was originally scheduled to end in Oslo from March 20-22, but the three scheduled races in Norway have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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This last race marks the end of an immense career, interspersed with five Olympic titles and seven titles in the final classification of the World Cup. Martin Fourcade has become over the years a major figure in French sport thanks to his exploits but also to his strong positions, especially on the subject of doping. He was the standard bearer of the tricolor delegation to the 2018 Pyeongchangen Olympics, before setting foot in the proceedings. He chairs the Paris-2024 Athletes 'Commission and applied for the IOC Athletes' Commission in 2022.

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