Svendsen pips Fourcade

Norway's Emil Svendsen denied Martin Fourcade a third gold medal of the Sochi Winter Olympics with victory in the men's 12.5km mass start.

Svendsen, himself a double gold medallist at the Vancouver Games in 2010, fought back in the finish straight and thrust one ski over the line to pip the Frenchman, with both men recording the same 42 minutes 29.1 seconds finish time.

Fourcade had already won gold medals in the 20km individual and 12.5km pursuit in Sochi, and looked dejected having initially believed he had done enough to win a third.

Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic took bronze for his second medal of the Games after winning silver in the 12.5km pursuit.

Norwegian veteran Ole Einar Bjoerndalen looked in contention for an historic 13th Winter Olympics medal as he was one of the breakaway four before fluffing his chances on the final shooting range, missing four shots to drop out of contention.