Fourcade seeks third gold in mass start

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Fourcade seeks third gold in mass start

The individual competitions of the men’s biathlon at the Sochi Olympics end Sunday local time with the mass start event.

Two-time gold medalist Martin Fourcade of France and Norwegian standout Ole Einar Bjoerndalen will be among the 30 biathletes battling it out for the fourth gold medal of the Games.

Next up are the men’s relay and, for the first time at the Olympics, the mixed team event.

Here are five things to know about Sunday’s mass start event.

Fourcade’s dominating run to back-to-back gold medals at the Sochi Olympics makes the Frenchman an obvious favorite for the mass start title. Also, Fourcade leads this season’s World Cup standings in the discipline and took silver in the mass start in Vancouver four years ago.

It’s called mass start, but it is an elite race. Entry is limited to the 30 best biathletes from the Sochi Olympics and the World Cup season.

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