March 11, 2012

Martin Fourcade clinched his third gold at the biathlon world championships Sunday when the Frenchman won the mass start title to add to his pursuit and sprint victories.

Fourcade missed two targets on the shooting range before completing the 15-kilometer course in 38 minutes, 25.4 seconds, beating Bjoern Ferry of Sweden by 3 seconds.

Another Swede, Fredrik Lindstroem, took bronze, 3.4 seconds back.

Local favorite Andreas Birnbacher had his second fourth-place finish of the championships after the German just missed out on a medal in the 20k individual event.

Tora Berger also won her third gold of the championships, with the Norwegian finishing strong to beat Marie Laure Brunet of France in the women's event.

Berger added to her successes in the mixed relay and the individual event by completing the 12.5k course in 35 minutes, 41.6 seconds, finishing 8.1 seconds ahead of Brunet.

Kaisa Makarainen of Finland took bronze, 12.7 seconds behind Berger. All three missed just once.

Magdalena Neuner was unable to earn a medal in her last official race before a home crowd, with the German missing six targets to end the day in 10th place.

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