Domracheva captures gold in women's biathlon pursuit

The Sports NetworkFebruary 11, 2014 

Krasnaya Polyana, Russia ( - Belarus' Darya Domracheva won the women's biathlon pursuit on Tuesday, spoiling Slovakian Anastasiya Kuzmina's bid to become the first women to capture gold in both the sprint and pursuit in the same Olympics.

Domracheva, who started 32 seconds behind Kuzmina, grabbed the lead from Sunday's sprint gold medalist after hitting all five shots at the second range.

Kuzmina missed on that second prone stop and had to take a penalty lap.

Domracheva, though, misfired from her final range in the standing position, but Kuzmina failed to capitalize, as she missed on the fourth of her five shots from that spot as well.

The 27-year-old Domracheva, who finished 15th in this event at the Vancouver Games, cruised after that and captured her first medal with a time of 29 minutes, 30.7 seconds.

Norway's Tora Berger finished nearly 38 seconds behind Domracheva to nab the silver, while 33-year-old Teja Gregorin took home the bronze, her first-ever medal in this her fourth Olympic games.

Kuzmina, who became the first woman in the biathlon to successfully defend an individual Olympic title by winning gold in the 7.5-kilometer sprint Sunday, finished sixth after winning silver in this event four years ago.

Susan Dunklee was the top American, ending 18th. She also had the best U.S. finish in Sunday's sprint with a 14th-place showing.

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