Norwegian Biathlete Almost Loses Gold Medal with Early Celebration

Tuesday February 18th, 2014

(BBC via Business Insider: Sports) Svendsen won the event by a matter of inches. (BBC via Business Insider: Sports)

Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen had a small lead heading into the finish line of the mass start 15k biathlon on Tuesday, and decided he couldn't wait another three seconds to celebrate, almost costing himself the gold medal.

A charging Martin Fourcade of France lunged for the finish while Svendsen lifted his arms in celebration, leading both men to finish with the time of 42:29.1 and forcing a photo finish.

In the end, the gold stayed with Svendsen, with Fourcade taking a close silver, forever proving that tortoise/hare story is total crap.


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