Belarusian biathlete Darya Domracheva has won a silver medal in the pursuit at the Biathlon World Championships in Hochfilzen. Thus she showed the most impressive rise in pursuits at World Championships in 17 years, according to Sports.ru.
As a result of an unsuccessful sprint the Belarusian started only 27th, trailing the leader by 1 minute 25 seconds, but still managed to climb to the podium.
This breakthrough to the podium was the best in pursuit races at women's world championships over the past 17 years. In 2000, the French Florent Baverel-Robert climbed from 29th to 3rd place.
Domracheva holds another record - at the world championships in Pyeongchang in 2009, she rose from 53rd place to 5th.
Moreover, Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen and Belarusian Darya Domracheva on February 12 became the first husband and wife since 2004 to win medals at world championships in one day.
Dmitry Guberniyev, sports commentator (Russia):
I'm very glad that Dasha won, I'm glad for her family, for the daughter and Ole Einar. Because it is a fantastic comeback. After Domracheva missed three times in the sprint and started 27th and then made such a breakthrough... This is a phenomenal comeback!
This silver is a great victory for her.
Dasha gave birth only on October 1 and now she has already recovered and is gaining shape! Fantastic persistence, hard work, talent - all this helped Dasha.