Who will be able to stop the French Martin Fourcade? This exceptional athlete multiplies his exploits. He has just won the eleventh world title of his career.
Anear the bottom of last season, Martin Fourcade is back on top. Last January, he won five new victories in all specialties. And the French biathlete has just won his eleventh individual world title during of the Biathlon World Championships in Anterselva, Italy. He thus equalizes with the Norwegian Ole-Einar Bjoerndalen, world reference in the discipline, who remains however the most successful biathlete at the Worlds. 20 gold medals counting the relays against 12 for Martin.
An exceptional track record
It's hard to sum up the impressive track record of Martin Fourcade. Five-time Olympic champion, seven times winner of the general classification of the World Cup and twelve times world champion. He is the man of all records. 32 Crystal Globes, record for the number of points scored in a World Cup season and the number of consecutive World Cup podiums. He is the only biathlete to have achieved four World Cup Grand Slams, winning all the crystal globes put into play during the 2012-2013, 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons. The Catalan has totaled 82 individual victories since the start of his career.
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The 19 last February, Martin won his eleventh world title. He let his joy burst out on the podium before sharing it on Instagram.
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And he is right to celebrate this victory. With 19/20 on the rifle, and 57 seconds ahead of his rival the Norwegian Johannes boe, and 1 minute and 22 seconds on the Austrian Dominik landertinger, Martin Fourcade achieved a real feat.
Martin Fourcade entered the Biathlon legend and will remain in the firmament of French sport
The big question now is whether Martin will stop there, or if he will continue his irresistible ascent. He should announce at the end of the season if he continues the adventure until the Beijing Olympics in 2022, or if he retires. Whatever his decision, Martin Fourcade will remain in the hearts of the French an exceptional athlete. He was indeed able to make them vibrate by accomplishing feats. He also made them discover a sport relatively unknown to the general public.