Martin Fourcade of France and Simon Schempp of Germany finish. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Martin Fourcade won the men's 15km mass start biathlon Sunday by mere millimetres but the history books will show that the gold medal made him France's greatest Olympian, regardless of the margin of victory.Fourcade's win, in a photo finish after a furious sprint against Germany's Simon Schempp, makes him the only French athlete ever to win four Olympic golds, and prompted a celebratory tweet from French president Emmanuel Macron.Four years ago Fourcade was locked in a similar battle on the final straight with Emil Hegle Svendsen, who took the bronze medal in this race, and came up just short, but in Sunday night's sprint he was not to be denied.
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