OLYMPICS: Fak Fourth in Men's 15KM Biathlon

Sochi, 18 February - Slovenia's best biathlete Jakov Fak finished his appearances at the Sochi Winter Olympics with the fourth place in the men's 15km mass start event on Tuesday, missing the bronze medal by 14.3 seconds.

Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway finished first, just a split second ahead of Martin Fourcade of France, who was handicapped with one penalty, while Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic finished +13.8 behind the winner.

Fak was perfect in shooting but failed to catch up with the Czech during the gruelling race in which the competitors were faced with the slushy course and heavy snowing.

This is the best result in Sochi for the bronze-medallist from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, who has been bothered by illness since the start of the season.

Considered one of biggest Slovenian favourites for a medal, Fak finished 10th in the men's 10km sprint and 32th in the 20km race last week.

© STA, 2014