Belarus' Domracheva wins mass start at World Cup Oberhof


Belarus' Domracheva wins mass start at World Cup Oberhof

Belarusian biathlete Darya Domracheva, with 4 misses (2 + 1 + 0 + 1), won the mass start at the World Cup Biathlon in Oberhof, Germany.

The race started for the triple Olympic champion not the best way: after the first shooting range, Domracheva took only 23rd place, 48 seconds behind the leader.  After the second stage, the leader of the Belarusian biathlon team turned everything upside down with an impressive performance.

Domracheva was 11th before the third shooting range and having shot clean, left the range in third place. Darya then caught up with leaders and arrived to the standing stage among the first.

At the final shooting range Slovakian Jana Gereková shot clean while and Domracheva and Vitkova missed once each.

To win, the Belarusian needed to show her trademark speed, which she gladly did. In the last kilometers, Domracheva's advantage grew and eventually stood at 15 seconds.

Czech Veronika Vítková (1 + 0 + 0 + 1) finished in second, while Norwegian Tiril Eckhoff was third (1 + 1 + 0 + 0). Overall leader Kaisa Mäkäräinen (2 + 0 + 1 + 1) took fourth place, while Jana Gereková (0 + 0 + 0 + 0) was fifth.

Nadezhda Skardino (0+2+2+1), Belarus' best shooter, had a bad day and was 24th.

In the overall World Cup standings, Domracheva moved up to second place, ahead of Ukraine's Valia Semerenko and Italian Dorothea Wierer.