Double hat trick for Fourcade

Martin Fourcade from the French Biathlon Team made history at the final IBU World Cup of 2016. He closed out the year with a double hat trick - winning all three Men’s events plus all three Sprints of the season so far.

Martin Fourcade aiming to win in the Men's Mass Start Martin Fourcade aiming to win in the Men's Mass Start

The competition was held at the Vysocina Arena in Nove Mesto in the Czech Republic. After an incredible start to the season all eyes were on the ELEY sponsored French team, and expectations were high. Ideal shooting conditions throughout left little room for error and ensured a close competition.

Martin exploited his legendary speed and accuracy in the Men’s Sprint. He was behind after a single penalty in Standing, but hit all the remaining targets and began the charge on the leader Anton Shipulin. In the final section Martin overtook the Russian to win by just 1.6 seconds.

The duel between Fourcade and Shipulin continued in the Men’s Pursuit on 17th December. As Anton took the lead Martin again thrived under the pressure, taking the lead with precise shooting and outstanding pace. In the final Standing series he shot cleanly, putting 4 of 5 shots in the smaller 4.5cm Prone ring. Now with a 20 second lead, Martin had time to high-five the crowd in appreciation of their support as he approached the finish line. France’s Quentin Fillon Maillet and Germany’s Simon Schempp had a close battle for third, but Quentin just pulled ahead at the end to add another medal to his team’s tally.

Fourcade’s final victory came in the Men’s 15km Mass Start. The top 15 biathletes were bunched together in the early stages, until Martin’s ability to recover quickly from the previous day’s Pursuit saw him break away from the field. He took a comfortable win, closing out his year with seven Golds from eight events. Schempp finished second, his best result of the season so far, putting the ELEY shooter in a strong position for 2017.

Anais Chevalier won her first Gold medal in Nove Mesto Anais Chevalier won her first Gold medal in Nove Mesto

Anais Chevalier recorded a new Personal Best in the Women’s Sprint to earn a Silver medal. She set a fast pace and shot perfectly to lead for most of the race, just missing out on Gold in the final stages. She didn’t have to wait long for her first ever World Cup victory. Following an early penalty Chevalier held her nerve to shoot quickly and accurately, taking the victory ahead of Wierer and Akimova.

The French Biathlon Team took six of the available 18 medals in Nove Mesto, four of them Gold. ELEY are the official ammunition supplier for the team. They use batch-selected ELEY tenex biathlon, and we are overwhelmed by the team’s incredible performance this season.

As the circuit takes a break over the festive period, it will be exciting to see if the team can maintain their momentum when the World Cup comes to Oberhof, Germany in January.

Anais Chevalier, Justine Braisaz and the french team celebrate Anais Chevalier, Justine Braisaz and the french team celebrate