Svendsen edges Fourcade to win 15km mass start

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Posted: Feb 18, 2014 6:49 AM

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen robbed Martin Fourcade of a third Olympic gold when he won the 15km mass start in a photo finish at the Sochi Winter Games on Tuesday.

Svendsen, who had disappointed in his first three races, shot clean to cross the line with the same time as the World Cup leader from France, who had earlier claimed the 20km individual and 12.5km pursuit titles.

Czech Ondrej Moravec took the bronze in a race that was twice postponed because of fog.

Norwegian Ole Einar Bjoerndalen missed out on a record 13th Winter Games medal when he made two mistakes at the final shooting and finished 22nd.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Robert Woodward)