Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen won the gold medal Tuesday in the men's 15-kilometer biathlon mass start race at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Svendsen finished with a time of 42:29.1, the same as France's Martin Fourcade, who took the silver.

"I've been shooting good and feeling good, but the skis were going very, very bad. But today they were perfect, and I'm glad we're back where we're supposed to be," Svendsen said.

A shooting error cost Fourcade an opportunity to win gold in the event.

The 25-year-old Frenchman won the gold medal in the 20-kilometer individual and the 12.5-kilometer pursuit.

"We have a great rivalry," Fourcade said. "I am happy for him. I had imagined before the race I could win gold. I am both happy and disappointed, but he deserved this medal. He has brought a lot to biathlon in the last years."

The Czech Republic's Ondrej Moravec won the bronze medal.

The 29-year-old Svendsen won three medals in Vancouver in 2010 and has won 11 world titles. EFE