France’s Vincent Jay wins gold in biathlon sprint

Vincent Jay of France has won a gold medal in his Olympic debut,

capturing the 10-kilometer sprint at the Vancouver Games.

Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway was 12.2 second back Sunday to win

the silver medal. Jakov Fak of Croatia took the bronze, finishing

another 1.8 seconds behind.

Jay shot cleanly and took advantage of an early start number to

finish in 24 minutes, 7.8 seconds. A flurry of wet snow fall made

conditions tougher for many of the favorites who started later.