Exciting finish in men's biathlon race in Sochi


An exciting, razor thin victory for Norway at the men's 15-kilometer mass start biathlon race at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Norwegian Emil Hegle Svendsen edged Martin Fourcade of France in a sprint finish to win gold in the men's 15-kilometer mass start biathlon race Tuesday.

Svendsen and Fourcade both finished in 42 minutes, 29.1 seconds, with Svendsen's ski crossing the line a fraction earlier.

It was Svendsen's fourth career Olympic medal but first of the Sochi Games. He also won gold in the 20K individual race and the men's relay, and bronze in the 10K sprint in Vancouver.

Fourcade was seeking his third straight gold after winning the pursuit and the individual race last week.

US biathlete Tim Burke finished 23rd while his teammate Lowell Bailey finished 23rd.