Darya Domracheva was dominant in today’s Women’s 10km Pursuit competition, taking the lead early and cruising to her first Olympic gold medal.
Domracheva started 32 seconds back, but quickly made up time on the first lap and was in the lead after a clean first shooting. Despite one miss in the final shooting stage, Domracheva was never really threatened and cruised on her final lap to the victory.
With the top qualifiers from the Sprint faltering, Tora Berger and Teja Gregorin took advantage to move up onto the podium, each with one penalty. Gabriela Soukalova also put in an excellent performance, moving up from 1:11 back in bib 29 to finish just behind Gregorin in fourth place.
Susan Dunklee was the top North American finisher in 18th place (four penalties, +1:40.9). Dunkee was right in the mix until her final shooting where she had three misses. Zina Kocher was 25th, Megan Imrie 28th, Rosanna Crawford 45th, Sara Studebaker 51st, Annalies Cook 54th and Megan Heinicke did not finish.
The next competitions are the Individuals, with the Men competing on Thursday and the Women on Friday.