Men's mass start postponed again due to fog

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 17, 2014 12:02 AM

By Annika Breidthardt

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - The Olympic biathlon men's 15km mass start at the Sochi Winter Games was postponed again on Monday due to poor visibility after heavy fog descended on the Laura centre for a second day, organizers said.

The race was originally scheduled for Sunday at 1900 local time but organizers pushed it back to Monday at 1000 (0600 GMT/1 AM ET) local time.

The French biathlon team said the race had been postponed to 1600 local time, but Olympic organizers did not immediately confirm the new start time.

France's Martin Fourcade, who has already claimed two gold medals in Sochi, and Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, who is looking to secure a record-breaking 13th Winter Olympics medal, are among the favorites for the mass start.

(Reporting by Annika Breidthardt, editing by Julien Pretot)