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JO-2018: flop of entry for Fourcade

Ⓒ AFP – Odd ANDERSEN – | Martin Fourcade at the 10 km sprint of the Pyeongchang Olympics, February 11, 2018

He could not start worse: King of the biathlon Martin Fourcade totally missed his first race at the Olympics 2018, finishing a very disappointing 8th place in the sprint won Sunday to the surprise of the German Arnd Peiffer.

The record of 3 titles at the Winter Games held by Jean-Claude Killy will wait before being matched. A cruel failure for the flag-bearer of the French delegation, announced star of Pyeongchang but who took a catastrophic start in this Olympic fortnight.

The six-time World Cup contender was probably hoping for a better start when he was aiming to add one or more gold medals to the two rounds in Sochi in 2014. But with three mistakes in the shot, he could not dream very much and he had to leave the beautiful role to Peiffer, sacred for the first time at the Olympics at age 30 and who has won with a clear rifle in front of the Czech Michal Krcmar and the Italian Dominik Windisch .

The day after Laura Dahlmeier’s victory in the women’s competition, here is Germany with two gold medals in two biathlon races.

– ‘Big disappointment and big misunderstanding’ –

Killy’s record may be just postponed for Fourcade still in line with five other events by the end of the Olympic Games (pursuit, individual, mass start, relay, mixed relay). With 22 seconds behind Peiffer, the French remains in the loop for the pursuit (Monday), of which he is title holder, he who likes to be in the position of the hunter.

But as head of French winter sports gondola and flag bearer, he would have preferred to adorn himself with gold entry to set the tone for all the “Team France”. His champion pride reached, remains to know how he will react in the coming days.

Ⓒ AFP – Odd ANDERSEN – | Martin Fourcade at the 10 km sprint of the Pyeongchang Olympics, February 11, 2018

“What happened?” “I do not know, I do not understand,” lamented the 29-year-old Frenchman on arrival, “that’s a big disappointment and a big misunderstanding too. ideally this olympic race.Today, I was ready and it does not rock on my side.I had ideally approached this race by chasing the parasitic thoughts, stress, which is inevitably present at the approach of a great This is not the end of the world but it is a huge chance that left and will not be represented. ”

He could always console himself by saying that he had also started timidly in Sochi (6th in the sprint) before climbing twice on the highest step of the podium.

As a good omen, the sound of the biathlon site in Pyeongchang had spit ten minutes before the start of the race the famous “I will survive” of Gloria Gaynor, the anthem of the Blues winners of the World Cup football in 1998 Lost: Nothing worked at the worst moment for Fourcade, who stayed on a fabulous series of 18 podiums in a row at the World Cup.

– Boe even worse than Fourcade –

Franck Badiou, the Bleus’ shooting coach, also spoke of “a disappointment” but explained that Fourcade’s shots “held only one or two millimeters for each ball”.

“There may have been a flood of emotions, it can happen to him too, he wanted to take advantage of the Olympics, go shopping without bending his stomach, but maybe he’ll need to go little in his trenches to do what he wants to do there, “added the technician.

Ⓒ AFP – Christof STACHE – | Norwegian biathlete Johannes Boe in recumbent shooting at the 10 km sprint of the Pyeongchang Olympics on 11 February 2018

The other big winner of the day is Johannes Boe. Fourcade’s rival this season, victorious in 8 of the 15 races at the World Cup, is also trapped with 4 rifle errors and a poor 31st place. But not sure that the troubles of the Norwegian give the smile to the Pyrenees.

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