Updated: Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:08 | By Agence France-Presse

Norway's Bjoerndalen wins record 13th Winter medal

Norwegian biathlon star Ole Einar Bjoerndalen on Wednesday won a record 13th medal at the Winter Olympics by taking gold in the mixed relay at the Sochi Games.

Norway's Bjoerndalen wins record 13th Winter medal

Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen competes in the biathlon mixed relay at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center in Rosa Khutor near Sochi during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 19, 2014 - by Odd Andersen

Bjoerndalen, 40, now holds the record outright after overtaking his compatriot, the cross country ski legend Bjoern Daehlie, who won 12 medals.

Bjoerndalen has now also won eight gold medals at Winter Olympics, equalling Daehlie's record.

In an astonishingly long career for an endurance athlete, Bjoerndalen won his first medals at the 1998 Nagano Olympics in Japan.

With a team of Bjoerndalen and Emil Hegle Svendsen for the men's legs and Tora Berger and Tiril Eckhoff for the women's, Norway's victory hardly ever appeared in doubt during the mixed race. 

Bjoerndalen celebrated his historic medal with an impeccable shooting performance, missing no targets in either the prone or the standing positions.

He had begun the Sochi Games in blazing style, taking gold in the sprint event but then faded in the next three races. He still has one more chance for another gold in the men's relay on Saturday.

The Czech Republic took a strong silver medal but were 32.6sec behind the Norwegians. The Italian team screamed with delight after taking a surprise bronze.

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