Martin Fourcade has repeated his gold medal winning performance from the Sochi 2014 Olympic individual 20-kilometre race to take his total number of Biathlon World Championship gold medals to six.
The French star led the race after the final standing stage to secure the top podium spot in a time of 47:29.4, with one penalty, in Kontiolahti, Finland.
"This was an emotional victory for me today," Fourcade said.
"I thought about where I was this summer with the mononucleosis and I was thinking about skipping the World Cup season.
"Now I have the Yellow Bib and won the World Championship; this is very special and I am very lucky.
"I have won seven of my 10 individual competitions, but I do remember that I was 84th in the season opening 20K in Östersund...after missing that one shot, I was on automatic pilot, not thinking about the results."
The silver medal went to Norwegian Olympic gold medallist Emil Hegle Svendsen, who shot clean but finished in a time of 47:50.3, while the bronze went to Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic, who finished in 48:09.9 with one penalty to add to the mixed relay gold medal he claimed last week at these Championships.
"I tried to stay focused and I think I managed that pretty well," Svendsen said.
"It has been a long time since felt like I could be on the podium.
"I think it was three months ago.
"I am very proud of my silver medal today.
"It was a good day to shoot 20."
Fourcade's older brother Simon finished fourth, shooting clean but with a time of 48:15.1.
The action in Kontiolahti continues tomorrow with the women's 4x6km relay race.
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