March 12, 2015

KONTIOLAHTI, Finland (AP) Martin Fourcade of France won his sixth biathlon world championship after he took the lead on the last standing stage in the individual 20-kilometer race on Thursday.

The Olympic champion in the distance, Fourcade had only one penalty, and overhauled a 14-second deficit to Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway.

Svendsen, shooting clean, was 20.9 seconds back for the silver medal, and Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic took the bronze, 40.5 seconds behind, for his second medal of the worlds.

In winning, Fourcade couldn't help but reflect on a season he almost had to miss because of glandular fever.

''My competition was very emotional, thinking of where I was in September with my sickness, when I was thinking about not taking part in the World Cup at all,'' Fourcade said. ''It is crazy that I stand here as a world champion, and have four World Cup events left before the end.''

He is well on his way towards a fourth consecutive World Cup overall title. He has a 116-point lead on second-placed Anton Shipulin of Russia.

Fourcade limited his celebrations because his older brother Simon finished fourth. Simon finished the standing stage with a 13.9-seconds lead on Moravec, but couldn't hold it.

''Simon's position was the only disappointment, I wanted him so much on the podium with me, and I could have given away my first place to see it happen,'' Martin said. ''But that's life, and I am so pleased for the great performance Simon showed, and for the fact that he is back among the best.''

The champion planted a kiss on his brother's head after the race.

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