CBC Sports - Tuesday Feb. 11, 2014 16:41 ET

Darya Domracheva of Belarus wins gold in women's biathlon 10K pursuit

Zina Kocher top Canadian at 25th

Darya Domracheva of Belarus wins gold in women's biathlon 10K pursuit
Darya Domracheva of Belarus celebrates her victory in women's biathlon 10K pursuit. (Harry How/Getty)
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Darya Domracheva of Belarus won gold in the women's 10-kilometre pursuit on Tuesday night at the Laura biathlon course with a near-perfect shooting performance that earned a massive lead after the second round in the range.

By the third shooting round, Domracheva had put nearly 32 seconds between her and the rest of the pack.

Her only missed shot was in the fourth and final round of the race but by that time it did not matter as no other competitor was close enough to catch her.

Domracheva finished in 29 minutes, 30.7 seconds. Tora Berger of Norway was 37.6 behind to take silver, and Teja Gregorin of Slovenia trailed Domracheva by 42.0 to claim bronze. 

Zina Kocher of Red Deer, Alta., placed 25th to finish as the top Canadian in the event.

Megan Imrie (28th) of Falcon Lake, Man., Rosanna Crawford (45th) of Canmore, Alta. and Megan Heinecke (DNF) of Victoria, B.C. were the other participating Canadians.

With files from the Associated Press and Reuters.

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