Frenchman Martin Fourcade clinched his third World Cup biathlon title after finishing second behind Norway's Johannes Thingnes Boe in Sunday's men's 12.5-kilometre pursuit in Kontiolahti, Finland.

Boe's winning time was 33 minutes 37.1 seconds. Fourcade finished 16.3 seconds behind the winner, while Sweden's Bjoern Ferry came third 20.4 seconds behind.

With three races left, Fourcade leads the standings with 798 points. Boe is second with 560 and Norway's Emil Svendsen is third with 557 points.

Calgary's Nathan Smith was the top Canadian, finishing 10th in 34:09.5.

The day was marked by intermittent gusty winds which hampered the shooting.

"It was an interesting race and quite windy overall," Smith said. "Sometimes really gusty, and other times, it calmed down. Shooting was definitely the key to success today."

Brendan Green, of Hay River, N.W.T., finished 20th while Calgary's Scott Gow was 43rd.

Finland's Kaisa Makarainen won the women's 10-kilometre pursuit followed by Darya Domracheva from Belarus and Russia's Olga Zaitseva in third place.

Rosanna Crawford, of Canmore, Alta., finished 27th.