After 2 silvers, Anastasiya Kuzmina finally captures Olympic gold

Marco Green
February 18, 2018

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Born in Russian Federation but married to a Slovak, Kuzmina won the sprint gold at the 2010 and 2014 Olympics.

Kuzmina hit 19 of her 20 targets in her four shooting bouts. Domracheva won gold in the mass start at Sochi in 2014.

Tiril Eckhoff of Norway took bronze.

Kuzmina's two previous career gold medals came in the 7. The three-time Olympic champion now has six medals altogether (three gold and three silver).

She said that helped take the pressure off.

"I was happy with two silvers, but today I was really relaxed and wasn't thinking about if I win a medal".

The hardest part of her night for Kuzmina seemed to be trying to unravel the Slovakian flag in her arms as she was skiing toward the finish line.

The Slovakian biathlete had already won two silvers in Pyeongchang and burst into the lead before shooting clean in her first three visits to the range. She was undone by two missed shots in her shooting bouts and finished over a minute-and-a-half behind Kuzmina.

From that point on, the victory never appeared to be in doubt, as Kuzmina put the hammer down with her pace. "Today, after three times zero, I was reaching for my last shooting, and I was anxious about it.I'm so happy that my ski time was good enough, and saved my position". She also equalled Darya Domracheva (BLR) and MartinFourcade (FRA) with three gold medals in individual biathlon events, behind only Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen.

It turned out to be a power-packed podium. While some made errors-including Dahlmeier, who picked up an early penalty-some, like Kuzmina, relished the challenge. This was Domracheva's first medal in Pyeongchang, but her fifth in her Olympic career.

"This race was really hard for me, and I was really exhausted, but now I am so happy", she admitted. She was well positioned to win gold.

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