He finally holds it. Three days after failing in the sprint (4th) and the day after a disappointing 6th place in the medium-distance biathlon event, cross-country skier Benjamin Daviet finally won the gold he had been waiting for since the start of the competition. The Haut-Savoyard won in the sprint (standing category) and gave France its sixth medal of these Paralympic Games, including four gold.
On the sunny slopes of the Nordic site of Zhangjiakou, the native of Annecy dominated the German Marco Maier and the Ukrainian Grygorii Vovchynskyi. Second in qualifying, first in his semi-final, the flag bearer of the French delegation let his joy burst at the microphone of France Télévisions: “It’s good, my Games are successful. The rest will just be a bonus. I will be more relaxed. The race was really hard, the day was long. It’s so much happiness. In Sochi, in 2014, Benjamin Daviet finished in 7th place before giving up four years later.
France now has six medals (including four gold), which places it in 4th place in the country ranking.