Sweden's Fredrik Lindstroem competes in the men's 4x7,5km biathlon relay event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 23, 2018, in Pyeongchang. / AFP / Jonathan NACKSTRAND
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As Fredrik Lindstroem cruised to the finish line to secure gold for Sweden in the men's biathlon relay Friday night, the stadium announcer at the Alpensia Biathlon Center belted out "the king is on fire!"Swedish King Carl XIV Gustaf was in the stadium screaming and shouting as the Swedes crossed in 1 hour, 15 minutes, 16.5 seconds -- more than 55 seconds ahead of second-place Norway, which took the silver. The victory comes one night after the Swedish women's team took silver in team relay event with Gustaf also in attendance."It brings the team together a little more," Lindstroem said.He said that was evident over the last two days in Pyeongchang, when the Swedes willed themselves to great showings in the final two biathlon events.Lindstroem didn't even have to exert himself over the last couple of kilometers.For the Germans, it was the seventh time they have reached the podium in this event in the last eight Olympic Games -- and Arnd Peiffer said a bronze medal is nothing to be ashamed of.
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